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Pasola Jousting Festival

This is a most exciting Jousting Festival where opposing teams run into each other on horseback, saddle-less, throwing blunt spears to each other to unseat or hurt their opponents or horses. Fallen men or horses may not be attacked, but any blood flowing is believed to fertilize the soil and benefit the next harvest.


The Pasola ritual is an ancient war game between two groups of 100 men from the

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Talempong: the harmonic melody of West Sumatra

While the majestic view of the Sianok Gorge in the highlands of Bukittinggi may indulge the sight, and the distinct taste of Padang cuisine certainly defines the taste of the Minangkabau ethnic group , so the harmony of West Sumatra can only be felt through the melodic sounds of the Talempong.


Talempong is a musical instrument consisting of several small kettle gongs that resemble the Javanese Bo

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The Graceful Gong Dance of the Dayak

If tattoos and Mandau Blades are symbols of the ethnic Dayak ‘s courage and manhood, the indigenous inhabitants of the island of Borneo, and in particular the Dayak Kenyah in East Kalimantan express their gracefulness through the beautiful art of the Gong Dance.

 

This special dance is usually performed to welcome guests of honor or to celebrate the birth of a chieftain’s baby.

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Tari Piring: The Dramatic Plate Dance of the Minangkabau

The scrumptious Padang cuisine may be the most indulging taste served on West Sumatra’s plates, but the most astounding thing the Minangkabau can work on their plates is through the dramatic performance of Tari Piring or the Plate Dance.

 

Locally known as Tari Piriang (Minangkabau language for Plate), the attractive dance originates from the city of Solok, about 60Km east of Padang,

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Tari Payung: the Parasol dance of Minangkabau

Music and Dance are an inseparable part of the Minangkabau ethnic culture of West Sumatra. For  royal events or grand celebrations there is the dramatic Tari Piring or the Plate Dance; for folk festivities there is the fascinating Dance-Drama of Randai; and to symbolize romance between couples , which is frequently performed during wedding celebrations, there  is the unique Tari Payung o

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Saluang: The soothing Bamboo Flute of Minangkabau

From various captivating traditional dances such as Tari Piring (the plate dance) and Tari Pasambahan to the fascinating art of Randai, the Minangkabau ethnic group of West Sumatra has truly some of the most attractive cultural performances of the country. The Minangkabau also have their own distinct musical melodies that perfectly portray their dynamic daily life: the vibrant ensemble of the Tale

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The Graceful Pakarena Dance from Makassar

From the enchanting waters overlooking the capital city of Makassar up to the highland of Toraja, South Sulawesi is a land blessed with fascinating splendors. While nature provides the magnificent settings, the indigenous people present an equally fascinating culture.  One of the well preserved cultural traditions of South Sulawesi takes shape in the Pakarena Dance.

 

Originated from t

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Dambus: The musical strings of Bangka

Blessed with pristine beaches and stunning natural sceneries, the twin islands of Bangka and Belitung also  present some attractive traditions. Located off the eastern coast of Sumatra, strong Malay influences  decorate the daily life of the people. In music, they  express themselves  best through the art of Dambus.

 

Also known as Gambus in other areas such as in Jakart

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Ondel-ondel: The Dancing Giant Puppets of Betawi

 

While the National Monument or Monas is the icon of the metropolitan city of  Jakarta, the icon of its indigenous “Betawi” people is undisputedly the 2,5 meters tall  giant puppets that are never absent from any celebration or folk fiesta: called the Ondel-ondel.  The term ondel-ondel itself refers to both the puppet as well as the performance.

 

The Ondel

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Lenso Dance: The attractive Handkerchief Dance of Minahasa

Just as any other ethnic group in Indonesia, the Minahasa region of North Sulawesi are a people blessed with abundant unique traditional cultural features. Aside from the Maengket Dance there is also another that is equally fascinating: The Lenso Dance. Sharing similar characteristics with the Minahasa, the dance is also found in Ambon and other parts of Maluku Province.

 

The world Lenso i

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