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Karapan Sapi, Madurese Bull Racing

[27 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 801 views]

Karapan Sapi is a prestigious event for Madurese people, a very popular sport and spectacle, in Madura, Indonesia. The event was firstt popularized by Prince Katandur from Sapudi Island in 13th century as an expression of joy for the abundant harvest. Today, Karapan Sapi is regularly held at least twice …

Sekaten Ceremony, Pick Your Own Blessing!

[4 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 565 views]

Sekaten ceremony (derived from Arabic word ‘Syahadatain‘) is an event to remember Prophet Muhammad’s birthday held on the 5th of each month Mulud in Java calendar (Rabiul Awal of the Islamic year) in the plaza north of Yogyakarta (and also in the Surakarta square town simultaneously). This ceremony was …

Tabuik Ceremony, West Sumatera

[1 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 605 views]

Derived from the Arabic word ‘tabut‘ that means parading, Tabuik ceremony is a hereditary tradition on the west coast, West Sumatera. The ceremony is held at the Asura day that falls on the 10th of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. On the selected day, since 6:00 AM, all participants …

Muara Kuin Floating Market In The city Thousand Rivers, Banjarmasin

[26 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 7,736 views]

Banjarmasin, the capital city of south Kalimantan also known as the city of Thousand Rivers. There are many rivers in the city, and river has become part of everyday life of local communities. Including the market, and so there is floating market on the river.

Visiting Banjarmasin Would not be …

Makepung, Bali’s Bull Racing Grand Prix

[16 Jul 2010 | Comments Off on Makepung, Bali’s Bull Racing Grand Prix | 642 views]

If Madura has ‘karapan sapi’ or bull racing, then Bali has Makepung. The two traditions are similar but not the same, but both are truly unique, fresh and entertaining spectacle.

Makepung in local Balinese language means ‘romp’, is a tradition in the form of buffalo race which has long …

Ngaben, The Cremation Ceremony

[9 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 555 views]

Death becomes something very ordinary and reasonable when there is a belief that all hopes will become reality in the afterlife. In this context, the Hindu community in Bali believe that the life cycle will never stop. After the death in the world, there is still another life. Unless someone …

Tenebrous Hill, The Folklores

[25 Nov 2009 | No Comment | 505 views]

Local society around Tenebrous hill know a legend associated with the hill. It is said that there were two leaders who are believed to be descendants of the gods in the State Sintang.
One of them is known as Sebeji or Bujang Beji who were destructive, covetous, and greedy. His greed, …

Buton, Makasar Folklores of Aru Palaka

[24 Nov 2009 | 4 Comments | 2,401 views]

Tutturangiana Andaala festival is associated with history of the island and kingdom of Buton. On the island, the 8th Buton Sultan Mardan Ali Oputa Yi Gogoli was buried. Based on historical records, in 1666 the Gowa Kingdom in South Sulawesi sent 20,000 troops with the aim of attacking the kingdom …

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