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  1. The Bali Aga of Trunyan - ancient Bali

    Date 02 Apr 2017
    The Balinese mountain village of Trunyan can be found at the foot of the Gunung Abang mountain, at a remote and isolated location on the eastern shore of Lake Batur. The people from Trunyan are often referred to as Bali Aga (mountain Balinese), which refers to a conservative, pre-Hindu culture and way of life with ancient, neolithic…

  2. Baluran National Park, East Java

    Date 11 Mar 2017
    Baluran National Park in East Java, often called the little Africa of Java, is one of the oldest national parks in Indonesia and the area has been protected since 1928, initiated by a Dutch hunter. In 1937 it became a wildlife refuge and in 1984 it was declared a national…

  3. TAKSU - Balinese mask dancer

    Date 17 Dec 2016
    TAKSU is a unique Balinese concept meaning charisma, spiritual power and artistic inspiration needed to truly capture eyes, minds and hearts of the audience, both human and divine. Every artist in Bali strives for TAKSU. Mask dancer Ida Wayan Gotama, from the East Bali village of Budakeling in Bebandem, is carefully…

  4. Caci - ritual Whip Fighting on Flores

    Date 05 Sep 2016
    Caci is a ritual whip fight and a major element of the Manggarai cultural identity in the western part of the island of Flores. Caci is played out by two men, with one in the role of agressor and the other one in the role of defender. Caci equipment, consisting of a whip, a…

  5. Bajawa - Ngada, Flores

    Date 20 Aug 2016
    The Ngada Regency in central Flores might be one of Indonesia’s poorest regions, but culturally it is certainly one of its richest. The green valleys of Ngada are dotted with traditional villages with unique megalithic stone structures, against the backdrop of the towering Inerie volcano. The most visited village in the…

  6. Mount Kelimutu, Flores

    Date 20 Aug 2016
    The mystical mount Kelimutu, meaning “steaming mountain”, is a spectacular volcano on the Indonesian island Flores and one of its most amazing natural phenomenon. The volcano contains three striking summit crater lakes, which have often changed colors. Scientific explanations aside, there are many myths about the origin…

  7. Wuring, Maumere - Flores

    Date 20 Aug 2016
    Wuring is a small fishing village, a couple of kilometers west of Maumere, the largest city on the Indonesian island of Flores. Wuring is home to Bugis and Bajo people who live in traditionally constructed stilt houses. In 1992 Wuring was massively hit by a tsunami and although many people moved…

  8. Sumba island

    Date 09 Jul 2016
    Sumba is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, in eastern Indonesia. To the northwest of Sumba is the island of Sumbawa, to the northeast Flores and to the east is Timor. To the south, across part of the Indian Ocean, is Australia. The largest town on the island is…

  9. Mekare-kare - Pandan War, Tenganan Pegringsingan, East Bali

    Date 05 Jul 2016
    The ancient village of Tenganan Pegringsingan in East Bali is home to the Bali Aga, descendants of the original Balinese. The Bali Aga of Tenganan still follow their pre-Hindu rules and traditions and do not recognise casts like the Balinese Hindu do. They follow written rules inherited from their…

  10. Pura Samuan Tiga temple ceremony, Bali

    Date 15 Jun 2016
    I was very fortunate to be able to attend a very rare large purification ceremony, Karya Agung Panca Wali Krama, at the Pura Samuan Tiga temple in Bedulu, near Ubud. This ceremony was last held about 20 years ago and preparations had started more than 6 months ago. Pura Samuan Tiga means literally “Temple…

  11. Scarecrows of Jatiluwih, Bali

    Date 12 Jun 2016
    Bali is known for its many artisans, from painters, wood and stone carvers to jewellery and other handicraft and art makers. Here some more rural art from the rice farmers in Jatiluwih in central Bali. Jatiluwih is famous for its spectacular rice field terraces, but even here the artistic nature of the Balinese is a pleasure to see. With the exception of that one…

  12. Ramayana Ballet, Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta

    Date 07 Apr 2014
    A “must-see” when visiting Yogyakarta is the Javanese ballet version of the epic Hindu poem of the Ramayana, at the Prambanan temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whilst the story originated in India, the Javanese version is truly representative of the local art and culture and is performed by more…

  13. Kanekes - The Baduy of West Java

    Date 22 Mar 2014
    Less than 3 hours from bustling Jakarta lives a community isolated in time and space, as they’ve lived for hundreds of years The Baduy, who call themselves Kanekes, are a traditional community living just a three hour drive west of Jakarta, in the hills near Rangkasbitung. Their population counts just over 10,000 and…

  14. Gunung Bromo, East Java

    Date 29 Jan 2014
    Gunung Bromo is an active volcano in the spectacular Bromo – Tengger – Semeru National Park in East Java, Indonesia. The 800 square kilometres park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and consists of the caldera of the ancient Tengger volcano and Java’s highest mountain, the active volcano Mount…

  15. Makepung - Bull races in West Bali

    Date 27 Nov 2013
    West Bali is famous for its thrilling water buffalo races, known as Makepung, introduced by Madurese migrants to celebrate the end of the rice harvest. The competitive races take place outside Negara in the regency of Jembrana, on make-shift circuits laid out on dry dirt tracks in the harvested rice fields. Here the skilled jockeys race each other on 2-wheeled carts…

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