Indonesia is an archipelago consisting of more than 17 thousand islands. Of the thousands of islands in Indonesia there are five biggest island. They are Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua. Having thousands of islands makes Indonesia has a variety of customs, cultures and languages. Indonesia’s cultural wealth is incorporated into a national culture. Each region in Indonesia has its own regional language. However, all such societies can be united with one ideology and one language called ‘Bahasa Indonesia’. Here below you will find more information about Indonesia culture.
Representation of Indonesian Culture
The form of Indonesian culture is manifested in a variety of things. National culture is a collection of cultures from various regions. Various kinds of regional cultures include custom homes, traditional ceremonies, dances, songs, music, drawing art, language and custom clothing. Each region in Indonesia has its own characteristics and style. For example, the province of Yogyakarta has traditional kebaya and surjan clothing while Papua has customary clothing of fringes. Central Java province has a Joglo traditional house while South Kalimantan province has a banjar house.
Each region has its own uniqueness but still respect each other and preserve their culture. Traditional ceremonies are also still performed in various regions. Bali is one area that has many traditional ceremonies and has a very strong culture. One of Bali’s culture is ‘Ngaben ceremony’. Ngaben ceremony is a ceremony to burn the dead corpse. It is said that this ceremony requires a huge cost. Therefore, many Balinese people save for their lives in order to perform this ceremony when they die.
Dance and Song
Indonesia has a lot of dance and songs. Both reflect ethnic and cultural diversity in Indonesia. There are more than 700 tribes in Indonesia are still intact to date. Each tribe usually has their own distinctive dances. This dance is accompanied by a song or music. Dances in Yogyakarta, Solo and Central Java generally have very slow movements. The song used for traditional dance in the three regions is gamelan (traditional Javanese instrument) which is also accomplished with slow tempo.
Bedaya Sarpo Rodra (Channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVorgSUlJmH_BTlMP4YlgMw)
While East Java and Bali have a dance with a fast tempo and a fast song too. Therefore, the dances of East Java and Bali are more energetic and vibrant. Dancers also have a variety of ornaments and typical clothes for dancing. The style of the clothing and ornament also varies in each region. Areas on the same island usually resemble each other. While different areas of the island usually have a more visible difference. Dance and other local art can be studied in keratin, dance studio, as well as in government and private institutions providing training. This is realized to keep the culture from fading.
Kecak Dance (Channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCzjwQWif8F1_sFBfn9yc4w)
Based on the text above, now you have got more information related to Indonesia culture. Indonesia has cultural culture and diversity of customs. It is a wealth owned by Indonesia that must be maintained so as not to fade. This can also be done to prevent Indonesian culture from being claimed by other countries. Hopefully this article can be useful and increase your knowledge.