The Toba Batak traditionally believe that they originate from one ancestor "Si Raja Batak", with all Margas, descended from him. A family tree that defines the father-son relationship among Batak people is called tarombo. In contemporary Indonesia Batak people have a strong focus on education and a prominent position within the professions, particularly as teachers, engineers, doctors and lawyers. Toba Batak are known traditionally for their weaving, wood carving and especially ornate stone tombs. [Wikipedia]
Myth and Culture
Toba Batak House
Balinese Legong Dancers
Legong is a classical Balinese dance, originally it always performs by a pair of dancers who are two young girls that never have menstruation yet. The word Legong comes from a word Leg, which mean slow dance movement in balinese. It is characterised by highly stylised slow movements. Its delicacy is heightened by the fact that is performed by richly costumed young dancers, sometimes only four years old, many of whom retire at the tender age of 18.
Ondel Ondel Papercraft
Designed by papertoy designer Faisal Azad (salazad). Ondel ondel is very familiar in Jakarta Indonesia, as it a part of native jakarta heritage (betawi). Ondel-ondel is a large human giant like puppet which about ± 2.5 m in height and with a diameter of ± 80 cm, made of woven bamboo, built like a cage, so the puppeteer can wear and animate it from inside. Male Ondel-ondel is painted in red, while the female painted in white color. These forms show many similarities to those in several other areas. This culture may have come from minority region in china, such as Yunan. I saw a program on discovery channel about Yunan culture, very similar to some of indonesian culture, espesially betawi and dayak culture.
Barong - Bali Papercraft
Beautiful Barong papertoy designed by Faisal Azad (Fai Salazad - Indonesia) for Paper Replika. Fai is one of the well known papertoy designers around. Some of his works were displayed on recent 2009 papertoy exhibition on Minneapolis Art Gallery, USA. He frequently captured the beauty of Indonesian culture in papertoy design.
Pocong Ghost Papercraft
A pocong is a Malaysian/ Indonesian ghost that is said to be the soul of a dead person trapped in their suit. The pocong suit (shroud) is used by Muslims to cover the body of the dead person. They cover the dead body with white fabric called mori 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. When the ties aren't released after 40 days, the body is said to jump out from the grave to warn people that the soul need the bonds to be released. After the ties are released, the soul will leave the earth and never show up anymore. Because of the tie under the feet, the ghost can't walk. This causes the pocong to hop. [Wikipedia]
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