Archive for June 2015

Tradition of Cutting off Fingers in Papua

Tradition of Cutting off Fingers in Papua

An extreme tradition preserved until today in Papua is cutting off fingers. The tradition is obligatory as a symbol of pain by losing a relative. The tradition is done by mothers, but it is also done by husbands in case the deceased wife does not have parents. The cutting off is done using a knife or an ax. Another way is by binding the finger until the blood stream stops then cutting it off. In ...

Rambu Tuka Ceremony

Rambu Tuka Ceremony

Rambu Tuka ceremony is a series of rituals which are done in order to fix the Tongkonan, usually starts in the morning when the sun rises. The rituals consist of Ma’Pallin, Mangika Biang, Mangipang (mangrapa), Ma’pande to matua, Mangrara banua, and Ma’buang. The meaning of the ceremony is as an expression of gratitude to the creator upon his protection during the construct...

National Flag Ceremony on Monday

National Flag Ceremony on Monday

In Indonesian schools, from elementary to senior high, a national flag ceremony is held every Monday morning.  It was meant to respect the deeds of national patriots who make Indonesia an independent country. In the ceremony, there is always a prayer session for the deceased patriots which called “mengheningkan cipta” or moment of silence. The ceremony is also an effort to educate th...

Sepak Takraw

Sepak Takraw

Sejak dahulu, permainan sepaktakraw sangat digemari masyarakat di beberapa daerah Indonesia antara lain di Sumatera, Sulawesi dan Kalimantan. Khususnya di Sulawesi Selatan, sepak raga disebut meraga/Maddaga dalam bahasa Bugis yang diambil dari kata siraga-raga yang berarti saling menghibur. Permainan sepakraga dapat dimainkan kapan saja sebagai pengisi waktu luang. Juga merupakan salah satu ...

Tabot Ceremony in Bengkulu

Tabot Ceremony in Bengkulu

In Bengkulu, Tabot ceremony is a mourning event of Syaid Agung Husien bin Ali bin Abi Thalib, one of the grandchildren of the prophet Muhammad SAW. The event was brought along by English army and derived from Shipoy tribe in India. Source of pic: http://kebudayaanindonesia.net/