Songket is a fabric that belongs to the brocade family of textiles of Indonesia. It is hand-woven in silk or cotton, and intricately patterned with gold or silver threads. The metallic threads stand out against the background cloth to create a shimmering effect. In the weaving process the metallic threads are inserted in between the silk or cotton weft (latitudinal) threads.
Barong is a lion-like creature and character in the mythology of Bali, Indonesia. He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda, the demon queen and mother of all spirit guarders in the mythological traditions of Bali. The battle between Barong and Rangda is featured in Barong dance to represent the eternal battle between good and evil. In Bali each region of the island has its own protective spirit for its forests and lands.
Mbok Jamu is a female seller of jamu drinks. Jamu is traditional (herbal) medicine made from natural materials, such as parts of plants such as roots, leaves and bark, and fruit. Jamu was practised by indigenous physicians (dukun). Generally, the different jamu prescriptions are not written down but handed down between the generations. Mbok Jamu typically wears traditional Indonesian kebaya and carry their bottled jamu in bamboo baskets strapped to their backs.
Pocong is an Indonesian ghost that is said to be the soul of a dead person trapped in their suit. The pocong suit (shroud, in Indonesia also known as kain kafan) is used by Muslims to cover the body of the dead person. They cover the dead body with white fabric and tie the clothing over the head, under the feet, and on the neck. According to the native beliefs, the soul of a dead person will stay on the earth for 40 days after the death.
The Loro Blonyo (Inseparable Couple) is a much beloved Javanese statue (wooden sculpture) often found inside the house of a Javanese family. Loro Blonyo as gift is health, prosperity and fertility for the newly married in Java. The Javanese believe that having a traditional Loro Blonyo in one's house, it will ensure happiness, fertility, health and well-being to the family of the house.
Baduy Tribe. In the process of spreading Islam through the Sundanese lands, not all areas were fully accepted. In some places, there are small areas that still retain ancestral teachings, such as Kanekes villagers, known as Bedouins or they call the “Baduys”. Details: http://describeindonesia.com/en/culture/item/126-the-way-of-life-of-the-baduy-tribe.html
Bajaj is a three-wheeled car that is very popular in Indonesia. Has no air-conditioning and small wheels and a ride in Bajaj can often be bumpy. Each driver is only allowed to take fares in their designated zone and you can bargain for the price of your fare.
Lake Sentani Festival, Papua - Indonesia. Lake Sentani Festival is an annual cultural festival which is held every June 19-23, and included in the main tourism calendar. The festival is filled with traditional dances, Papua typical war dances, traditional ceremonies such as coronation Ondoafi, and serving a variety of culinary Papua. Lake Sentani Festival carnival followed the whole community in the District and the City of Jayapura Jayapura.
Barong is a lion-like creature and character in the mythology of Bali, Indonesia. He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda, the demon queen and mother of all spirit guarders in the mythological traditions of Bali. The battle between Barong and Rangda is featured in Barong dance to represent the eternal battle between good and evil.
Reog is a traditional dance that become the main identity for Ponorogo, East Java - Indonesia. Reog National Festival is held every years along the anniversary of Ponorogo regency and Grebeg Suro celebration. Reog dance is also staged full moon nightly in paseban, Ponorogo town square. Reog Ponorogo tells the story of a mythical battle between the King of Ponorogo and the magical lion-like creature called Singa Barong.
Melasti is a Hindu ritual conducted once a year, prior to Nyepi holiday. All Hindu people in Indonesia especially in Bali troop to carry the holy symbol of Hindu religion to the sea to be cleaned and looked at the alongside road the parade of Umbul-umbul symbol and others. It is also accompanied by the gamelan (musical instrument) traditional enliven this event.
Sasando is a plucked string instrument native of Rote island of East Nusa Tenggara Province. Originally played by the people of Rote island, located south of the island of Timor , Sasando is a stringed instrument that is plucked not unlike a harp. It is, however shell shaped and has a tube in its centre around which are placed the various strings. The shell, therefore, functions as a resonant box. The simple sasando has 28 strings, whereas the most difficult one to play has 56 strings.
Ondel-ondel: It seems rare nowadays to see Ondel-ondel procession in Jakarta. Ondel-ondel has been the heritage from the Betawi tribe or as known as origin people living in Jakarta. That is why it is really important for us to know and learn about Ondel-ondel and how to preserve the culture of Betawi. So let’s keep the Ondel-ondel spirit alive together. Details: http://describeindonesia.com/en/culture/item/62-the-ondel-ondel,-the-capital-city%E2%80%99s-bride-doll.html