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Jet Set to Indonesia’s Sumba Island for the enthralling Pasola War Festival 2019
Jet Set to Indonesia’s Sumba Island for the enthralling Pasola War Festival 2019

Jet Set to Indonesia’s Sumba Island for the enthralling Pasola War Festival 2019

Sumba Island, between Bali and Australia, was once renowned for its vicious clan warfare, slave raids and headhunting. These days, that violent history has given way to pasola, a series of mock battles to welcome the harvest. The event is…

Traditional Indonesian Wedding from Padang, West Sumatera
Traditional Indonesian Wedding from Padang, West Sumatera

Traditional Indonesian Wedding from Padang, West Sumatera

A Minangkabau marriage involves the distinct cultural practices and customs of the Minangkabau people, indigenous to West Sumatra, Indonesia. Minangkabau weddings are an important part of the culture of the people of the Minangkabau Highlands, and numerous costumes, houses and…

Kuda Lumping, Javanese traditional dance
Kuda Lumping, Javanese traditional dance

Kuda Lumping, Javanese traditional dance

Kuda Lumping (Javanese: Jaran Kepang or Jathilan, Malay) is a traditional Javanese dance depicting a group of horsemen. Dancers “ride” horses made from woven bamboo and decorated with colorful paints and cloth. Generally, the dance portrays troops riding horses, but another type of Kuda Lumping performance also incorporates trances and…