Men competing in a buffalo race in Jembrana, Bali, on August 12, 2012. More than three hundred buffaloes ran in the "Mekepung," or buffalo race, a thanksgiving ritual after a successful harvest. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati).

Balinese men compete during a buffalo race in Jembrana, western Bali, Indonesia, Aug. More than three hundred buffaloes participated in the "Mekepung" (buffalo race), a thanksgiving ritual after a successful harvest.

Hundreds of servants, known as abdi dalem, queue to enter the sultan's palace in Yogyakarta on Aug. 28, where many were granted new titles and ranks by Sultan Hamengkubuwono X. (JG Photo/Boy T. Harjanto).

Hundreds of servants, known as abdi dalem, queue to enter the sultan's palace in Yogyakarta on Aug. where many were granted new titles and ranks by Sultan Hamengku Buwono X. (JG Photo/Boy T.

Hindu people carry offerings during the Galungan holiday at Puseh Peliatan temple in Ubud, Bali, on Aug. 29. Balinese Hindus celebrate Galungan as a victory of Dharma (truth) against wrongdoing (Adharma) by worshipping at temple in all of Bali's villages. (Antara Photo).

Hindu people carry offerings during the Galungan holiday at Puseh Peliatan temple in Ubud, Bali, on Aug. 29. Balinese Hindus celebrate Galungan as a victory of Dharma (truth) against wrongdoing (Adharma) by worshipping at temple in all of Bali's villages. (Antara Photo).

A Balinese man walks across fire during the Sanghyang jaran ritual dance performed at a temple in Kuta on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on June 22, 2012. Sanghyang jaran is a dance performed by boys riding coconut palm hobbyhorses in and around a fire. (AFP Photo/Sonny Tumbelaka)

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Buddhist monks release a floating lantern during the Waisak festival at Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia on May 6, 2012. The festival celebrates the birth, death and enlightenment of Buddha. (JG  Photo/Boy T Harjanto)

Buddhist monks release a floating lantern during the Waisak festival at Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia on May The festival celebrates the birth, death and enlightenment of Buddha. (JG Photo/Boy T Harjanto)

A man from the Dayak tribe performs the traditional Balian dance during the Bali Art Festival in Denpasar on June 15, 2012. Traditional Dayaks believed the dance would protect them from evil spirits. (Antara Photo/Nyoman Budhiana)

A man from the Dayak tribe performs the traditional Balian dance during the Bali Art Festival in Denpasar on June Traditional Dayaks believed the dance would protect them from evil spirits.

Balinese villagers battle using thorny pandanus leaves and rattan shields during the annual Perang Pandan (Pandanus War) event in Tenganan village, on Karangasem-Bali island on June 8, 2012. Although their bodies are splattered with blood, the men are proud as they believe they have made a sacrifice to the gods, to balance the human body and the universe. (AFP Photo/Sonny Tumbelaka)

Balinese villagers battle using thorny pandanus leaves and rattan shields during the annual Perang Pandan (Pandanus War) event in Tenganan village, on Karangasem-Bali island on June 8, 2012. Although their bodies are splattered with blood, the men are proud as they believe they have made a sacrifice to the gods, to balance the human body and the universe. (AFP Photo/Sonny Tumbelaka)

North Sumatera dancers perform the Tortor Mandailing traditional dance during their protest at Kuta beach on Bali island on June 22, 2012. Dozens of people protested when Information, Communications and Culture Minister Da-tuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim announced that the Tortor and Gordang Sambilan (Nine Great Drums) would be gazetted as a national heritage. (AFP Photo/Sonny Tumbelaka)

North Sumatera dancers perform the Tortor Mandailing traditional dance

A visitor looks at some masks at the Triwindu Antique Market in Solo on Aug. 29. Original and replica antiques including masks, lights, billboards, fabric and jewelry are sold at the venue. (JG Photo/Ali Lutfi).

A visitor looks at some masks at the Triwindu Antique Market in Solo on Aug. Original and replica antiques including masks, lights, billboards, fabric and jewelry are sold at the venue.

Tari Bikau from Papua. (AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad).

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Fashion designer and painter Josephine Linggar has enjoyed success in both fields. Josephine primarily paints portraits of Indonesian women in traditional clothing. (JG Photo/Katrin Figge).

Fashion designer and painter Josephine Linggar has enjoyed success in both fields. Josephine primarily paints portraits of Indonesian women in traditional clothing.

Traditional Balinese dancers move to the sound of American musicians The Jack Quartet and Brian Baumbusch in Denpasar, Bali on June 28, 2012. The string quartet mixed traditional Balinese gamelan with violin and cello arrangements at the Bali Arts Festival 34. (Antara Photo/Nyoman Budhiana)

Traditional Balinese dancers move to the sound of American musicians The Jack Quartet and Brian Baumbusch in Denpasar, Bali on June 28, 2012. The string quartet mixed traditional Balinese gamelan with violin and cello arrangements at the Bali Arts Festival 34. (Antara Photo/Nyoman Budhiana)

A family prays near the tomb of their relative at the Al-Mashun Grand Mosque cemetery in Medan on Sunday. Indonesian Muslims visit the graves of their relatives ahead of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadhan. (Antara Photo/Irsan Mulyadi)

A family prays near the tomb of their relative at the Al-Mashun Grand Mosque cemetery in Medan on Sunday. Indonesian Muslims visit the graves of their relatives ahead of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadhan.

A Balinese boy wears a mask as he holds the rope of a giant traditional kite during a kite festival on Padang Galak island of Bali, Indonesia, on Friday, July 13, 2012. The three-day national kite festival was organized to promote tourism on the resort island. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

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An Indonesia Arts and Culture Scholarship winner from the Czech Republic performing a dance from East Java during the "Indonesian Channel 2012" event at the Sultan's Palace in Solo, Central Java, on July 10, 2012. (Antara Photo/Andika Betha).

An Indonesia Arts and Culture Scholarship winner from the Czech Republic performing a dance from East Java during the "Indonesian Channel event at the Sultan's Palace in Solo, Central Java, on July (Antara Photo/Andika Betha).

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