Tag Archives: Indonesia

Continuity and Change within the Orang Laut of Indonesia

E-learningAsiaBuilding on the ethnographic and historical studies of R.H. Barnes and Cynthia Chou, and operating within the larger context of the problematics of nationhood, national development, and the creation of a “national identity,” this paper focuses on the dynamics of continuity and change as experienced by two groups of Orang Laut (sea nomads) within the Indonesian State. While both groups are for the most part similar in tradition and culture, their encounters with global modernizing processes and the integrative forces of the nation-state are mostly divergent. Continue reading

A Paradox of Women’s Lives in Matrilineal Society and Muslim Patriarchy in Indonesia

IndonesiaThis paper examines changes of Minangkabau women’s lives in West Sumatra, Indonesia from the early twentieth century to the twenty first century. Minangkabau is an ethnic group in West Sumatra Province with matrilineal tradition. This matrilineal is a system in the maternal Continue reading

Ethical and aesthetic traditions and regulations of Indonesia

indonesiaIndonesia is one of the brightest and creative powers in all of Southeast Asia. This country has a rich variety of traditions and rules, not to mention the colors of nature that surrounds this state.

Indonesia’s laws are not very different from the laws of other districts of regions. Although tradition and religion very similar. They are among the most complex and unusual. Continue reading