5 Indonesian traditions around the world

You already know that Indonesia is a country blessed with nature and culture. As a country where the equator intersects, Indonesia not only offers the charm of its natural beauty, which is already well known in various parts of the world, but also has the diversity of Indonesian traditions around the world. ..

As Indonesian citizens, we should be proud of the culture that already exists in this beloved country. I would like to learn and inherit this culture so as not to lose to foreigners who are truly grateful.

Let’s take a look at five Indonesian traditions around the world below:

1. Batik

Batik is one of Indonesia’s well-known cultural heritage abroad. A feeling of pride also appears when wearing batik. In addition to being a cultural heritage, wearing batik is part of the effort to maintain tradition. In addition, the fabric of this motif, with its philosophical requirements and meaning, especially from Java, has been recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of human oral intangible heritage since October 2, 2009.

What is batik? Maybe that’s a question often asked by many inhabitants in many places we visit. All India has different views and perspectives on the craft / culture that is our national identity. These different perspectives diversify the meaning of batik, but at the same time narrow the differences and integrate all the elements of our country. So what do you think batik is?

Batik is a craft of high artistic value that has been integrated into the cultural identity of Indonesia (especially Java) since ancient times. In the past, Javanese women used batik as a skill to earn a living, so in the past this type of batik work was until the invention of what was called a “batik cap” that allowed men to work on and enter batik. It was a female-only job. This field.

There are some exceptions to this phenomenon. In other words, batik work is common for men in some parts of the coastal area, as it is a coastal batik with a masculine pattern as seen in megamendumbatics.

2. Doll

Wayang is a performing art performed by Puppeteer, usually accompanied by gamelan music and the melodious voice of the singer. The stories told in Wayang plays usually revolve around the stories of clowns such as Petrque, Semar, Bagon, and Garen. Almost all Indonesians understand that Wayang is one of Indonesian traditional arts, especially those who live in Java. Wayang has become more and more popular since November 7, 2003, when it was recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of human oral intangible heritage.

The word wayang actually comes from Javanese. This means a shadow. In a philosophical sense, Wayang reflects or reflects many of the characteristics of human beings, such as anger, greed, stinginess, and wisdom.

Wayangs are commonly defined as puppets that imitate people, made of leather or wood carvings, and are used to represent characters in traditional theatrical performances. Puppeteer players are known as Puppeteers. Wayangs are usually created according to the character, the nature of the character, and the behavior of the character.

3. Angklung

Angklung is a West Java double-pitch traditional art instrument that is shaken and played. The Indonesian Angklung musical instrument was officially recognized by UNESCO on January 19, 2011 as part of a World Heritage Site. Angklung is also very popular overseas, where we introduced Angklung to school-aged children in each country, such as South Korea, Japan and Malaysia. .. Respectively. As you know, one of the artists from Bandung, West Java, Udjo Ngalagena has set up a performance venue, a bamboo handicraft center and a workshop on bamboo instruments, including Angklung. The studio known as Saung Angklung Mang Udjo was founded in 1966.

4. Chris

Keris is also one of the Indonesian world traditions. Keris is a traditional Indonesian weapon believed to contain magic and supernatural powers. Keris is made of high quality metal, and even ancient Chris is often made of metal meteorites that have fallen to Earth. Keris is usually used by members of the Kingdom as an elder’s heirloom weapon. Keris itself has been used in Indonesia since the 9th century. UNESCO also recognized Keris as “a masterpiece of human oral intangible heritage” on November 25, 2005.

Keris is a Javanese-origin dagger group stab weapon known in the western part of the archipelago that has various cultural functions.

middle. It has a unique shape, is not symmetrical on a wide base, often has bent blades, and many of them have the prestige (damashi), which is a visible fiber with a bright metal coating. A blade that is easy to distinguish from sharp weapons.

In the past, Chris served as a weapon for duels and wars, and as a complementary object to offerings. In today’s use, Keris is a collection object that is judged from an aesthetic point of view, whether it is a clothing accessory (old man) or has many cultural symbols.

5. Saman dance

Saman dance is a dance of the Gayonese tribe that is usually performed to celebrate important events of local customs. The poems used in Saman Dance use a mixture of Arabic and Gayo. Some references state that Aceh Saman Dance was founded and developed by Syekh Saman, a priest from the Gayonese region of southeastern Aceh. In fact, this Saman dance was brilliantly unveiled at a major global event at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang in 2018. Saman was recognized by UNESCO on November 24, 2018 as a masterpiece of human oral intangible heritage.

Indonesia is a large country known for its ethnic and cultural diversity. This is the background to the emergence of differences in traditional art between one tribe and another. Of the many arts that exist in Indonesia, Saman dance is one of the dance arts that still exists today.

Saman dance is the pride of the Indonesian people in Aceh. Previously, Saman dance could only be performed by active and active male dancers. In its development, Saman dance involved male and female dancers dancing simultaneously and side by side.

This dance is usually performed in commemoration of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad and was created by a great scholar named Sheikh Muhammad Saman. In addition to the form of movement, saman dance is often inserted with deeply meaningful poetry.

Well, you already know Indonesian global tradition. Let’s protect our culture together. If not us, who else is there? (Oops)