Recognized by Asian Yachting as the world’s fastest, longest and hardest race for traditional fishing vessels, the annual Sandeq race.covers no less than 300 nautical miles in 6 legs. Starting from the harbor of Mamuju in West Sulawesi racing all the way to o Makassar, capital city of South Sulawesi, the International Sandeq Race takes ten days, held during the month of July or August.
Mantras, burning incense, and seven husky men wrestling with a piece of bamboo are all things you will experience when you see the Crazy Bamboo Dance in Maluku (the Moluccas). After you see this performance you’ll have a story of adventure and the supernatural that you’ll be recounting to people back home for years to come. During this mystical dance, a group of seven men hold a bamboo
When you come across an Indonesian cultural performance in any international exhibition, it is very much likely that Acehnese vibrant traditional dance, the Saman Dance, would be one of the assorted cultural splendors put on stage. Mostly comparable with any Balinese dance, Saman Dance is one of the sweethearts of Indonesian performing arts, often acts as an ambassador of exceptional Indonesian da
In addition to the underwater splendors around the waters of Wakatobi, the province of South East Sulawesi also holds a precious treasure of human history: the Kaghati Kolope, the oldest Kite in the world , created on the island of Muna, located north of Wakatobi.
Kaghati Kolope is a traditional kite originating from the Mabolu Village, in the Lohia District, Muna Regency, in South East Sulawesi
For most Indonesians, bamboo is an inseparable component from daily life. House wares, tools, and building materials are among the few things associated with bamboos. There is even a culinary delight made of young bamboo shoots, locally popular as rebung. Bamboo once played an important role in the struggle for Indonesia’s independence as a symbolic weapon known as bambu runcing, or ba
Aceh may be known for its distinguished Coffee and outstanding natural splendors, however the people and their well kept traditions are what truly give this most northwestern province of Indonesia its character. While the vibrant traditional Saman Dance has long gained its worldwide reputation and acknowledged by UNESCO as an Intangible World Cultural Heritage, Aceh still has plenty other eq
The Kecak Dance is an especially unique and one of the most dramatic of all Balinese dances. A combination of dance and drama, the Kecak dance depicts the Hindu epic, “Ramayana,” and tells the story of Prince Rama, who with the help of the monkey-king Hanoman defeats the evil King Rahvana to rescue his Princess Sita. Kecak also has roots in Sanghyang, a sacred ritual based on the idea
The many traditional dances seen around Indonesia are not only a means of entertainment or form part of rituals, but they also reflect the uniqueness specific to each ethnic group and local culture of this vast country. There are hundreds of ethnic groups inhabiting the archipelago and each has a distinctive dance. One of these is the Maengket Dance from North Sulawesi. This combination of dance a
While an encounter with the legendary reptile on Komodo Island or witnessing the sheer beauty of the three colored Lake Kelimutu are already unforgettable experiences by themselves, the island of Flores still has a lot more to offer beyond its rugged terrains. One of these is its wonderfully Ikat Hand-Woven fabrics, crafted by the finest hands on Flores.
This traditional work of
Among the many Indonesian traditional tribes, the Mentawai, living on the remote Mentawai island-group off the coast of West Sumatra, distinguish themselves by their most intricate and elaborate tattoos covering the entire body.
To the Mentawai islanders, the art of body tattooing is not only an artistic expression but is part of one’s life cycle where tattoos signify age, social statu