Category Archives: Religion

For Balinese New Year, the meaning is in the doing

On the raucous party island of Bali, Nyepi is a fascinating example of one culture’s sanctity being preserved against the odds. Continue reading

Advertisements
Posted in Culture, Indonesia, Religion | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bangkok can provide lessons for Jakarta

When describing Indonesia, people often refer to its nearest neighbors as points of comparison. These include Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. Its two fellow middle-income countries, the Philippines and Thailand, make useful points of comparison because their respective capitals, … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Indonesia, Politics, Religion | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments

Jakarta’s festive, grisly holiday

On Tuesday, Indonesian Muslims sacrificed animals to please Allah. In doing so they remembered the story of Abraham from the Quran, who was willing to sacrifice his own son for God, and they remembered God’s kindness for providing a sheep … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Food & Drink, Indonesia, Religion | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Streetside livestock bring redemption and risk

Once a year New York City sidewalks fill up with pine trees for sale. Once a year Jakarta sidewalks fill up with livestock for sale. As Muslims plan to sacrifice them in Allah’s name – as I wrote in our … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Indonesia, Our Daily Life, Religion | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In Jakarta, surge in urban husbandry precedes day of sacrifice

As I’ve mentioned, Jakarta is a city of strange juxtapositions. Our lovely housing complex is surrounded by a wall; on the other side, just behind our house and slightly uphill, is a quarter-acre lot that until last week was vacant, … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Food & Drink, Indonesia, Religion | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Extremists’ moral muscle forces detour for female stars

Jakarta is no stranger to major international events and concerts, such as a recent Metallica concert and the Mixed Martial Arts (cage fighting) world championship. But many events planned for Jakarta are canceled on short notice for vague reasons; some … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Indonesia, Politics, Religion | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Jakartans mark end of Ramadan with family and forgiveness

Lebaran (aka Idul Fitri), the end of the Muslim Month of fasting called Ramadan, is finally here. Last night, Jakarta was full of sounds, with Koran readings blaring from the megaphones of mosques, small firecrackers popping in the street and … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Indonesia, Religion | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Doughnuts for Ramadan

                  Since Lebaran is pretty much the only thing going on in Indonesia for the next week, we will continue to share small tidbits about what it is like here. I think … Continue reading

Posted in Food & Drink, Indonesia, Our Daily Life, Religion | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

More Lebaran Cheer

In the interest of sharing a little more on the last post, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Lebaran” (see below), I thought I would share these photos of the Lebaran excitement. We took these one evening in a … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Food & Drink, Indonesia, Religion | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

It’s beginning to look a lot like Lebaran

Much like Christmas in the U.S., Lebaran in Indonesia has been co-opted somewhat by commercial interests. Just as Christians do, Muslims get swept up in the shopping and the pressure to spend money for their biggest holiday of the year. Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Indonesia, Religion | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment