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Gunung Meja by Ed Caffin

Flores: Island of Traditions and Ceremonies

By: Ed Caffin The island of Flores is one of Indonesia’s emerging travel destinations. With Lombok’s international airport up and running, and a number of...

Secrets of Keraton Yogyakarta

Inside the Keraton of Yogyakarta

By: Rohman Yuliawana Keraton Yogyakarta is located in the south of the city. The walled complex covers fourteen hectares and consists of dozens of eclectic buildings...

Agustini Lebaran

“What will you do during Lebaran?”

By: Rani Yunus Ramadhan ends tomorrow and the upcoming Idul Fitri end-of-fasting month  — in Indonesia known as Lebaran, will last two days. The whole nation begins...

A depiction of a Toyol

Get rich quickly in Malaysia with a Toyol!

By: Diana van Oort During lunch at work we share stories about our cultures. Ghost stories were the most recent topic. Many ghost stories revolve around the Japanese...

By dirafacesofindonesia

Nawu Sendang — A Local Thanksgiving Strategy

For the people of Dusun Clapar—a hamlet in Kulon Progo regency in the Special District of Jogjakarta (DIY)—giving thanks for the bounty provided by Sang Pencipta...

Jamu Cekok, open for service

Crying and Curing: A Photo Essay on Jamu Cekok (Traditional Medicines) in Yogya

Photos and story by: Nico Haryono In the very early morning, a woman is mixing and putting ingredients into a piece of cloth.  Several mothers and their children sit...

Tupu and Moyo, By: Iwan Effendi

The Tale of Mwathirika and the Papermoon Puppet Theatre

By: Umi Lestari The first time I saw Mwathirika two years ago at the French Cultural Center (CCF) in Yogyakarta, I was impressed. The tale of a family that lived in...

The result of coining, By: Craig

Expelling The Wind: Traditional Cambodian Healing Practices

By: Gabrielle Yetter Serekith uses it whenever he feels ill. Izzy swears it helps her with headaches. Finn tried it for his cold. And Heang won’t do it because it ...

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Hope in a Javanese Oil Field

By: Nico Haryono The newborn rays of the sun touch the infertile hills of the village of Wonocolo, Bojonegoro. A pair of sturdy legs move, the toes step and sink into...

Ledjar's puppets come to life in this workshop, By: Sita Magfira

Ledjar Subroto: The Story of a Yogya-based Puppeteer & a Small but Smart Deer

By: Sita Magfira “Come in. Take a seat, please!” a white-haired man told me after I came in to Ledjar’s house. Ledjar is Yogyakarta-based puppeteer. Located in...