Indonesian Culture

Indonesian Culture


Fashioned by a long method of interaction between indigenous norms and continental ethnicities, this south eastern state in Asia is doubly rich not only in natural resources but with what its culture.

Music in this archipelago is known to have originated from different customs. One of the most popular kinds is the “gamelan” which is created by using a number of instruments such as gongs, metallophones, plucked strings, bamboo flutes, xylophones and drums. The government played a huge role in preserving this Indonesian culture. A proof is the law passed in 1965 which banned melodies in rock or pop having a Western flair.

Sculpture has been practiced in the country where masterpieces found dated back to the Bronze Age and Iron Age. In the eighth and tenth centuries, this Indonesian culture flourished all the more as it was popularly noticed in the construction of temples. The Borobodur located in Central Java is the most notable which is an extraordinary art that renders the life story of Buddha together with the depiction of his teachings.

Architecture in this nation has been dominantly influenced by the natives of India. By the nineteenth century, the Europeans contributed much to this Indonesian culture. However, even with the brilliant ideas brought along by the Westerners, conventionality still found its way such as abodes that were erected on stilts. The houses owned by the Dayaks in Borneo, Bataks in Sumatra and Torajas in Sulawesi, among the others, are considered to be distinguished homes.

Sports have been appreciated in the island for the longest time. Even with the arrival of foreign games, the more traditional has remained active. There are a lot of types of this Indonesian culture like the stone jumping in Nias, cock fighting in Bali and bull races in Madura. There is also the Pencak Silat which exhibits a Malay touch and Sepak Takraw which displays a Thai feel. On the more contemporary note, badminton and soccer are among the famous sports.

Cuisine in this republic is a fusion of Chinese, West and Indian refinements. In return, this Indonesian culture was able to positively influence the neighboring region of Singapore where the most admired Minangkabau or Padang is an example. Back to the mainland, a taste of Sumatra, Java and Madura can be well experienced in a dish called Satay which is now a much loved food.

Indonesian culture can be well appreciated by visiting the place so you can encounter such and experience it for yourself.