Monday, December 22, 2014

Three Colors on Kelimutu Lake, a Wonder of the World

Kelimutu Lake or the Three-Colored Lakes is on the top of Kelimutu Mount. It is located in Ende District, Flores Island, NTT, Indonesia. Kelimutu Lake is a famous tourism destination in Flores Island. Somebody said to me, “If you come to Flores but not visiting Kelimutu, it means you’re not come to Flores”.

Kelimutu Mount has 3-crater lakes, that each has different color. So it is named 3-Color Lake or Kelimutu Lake. The colors always change with the passage of time. Now the colors are green, blue, and black.  

The local people believe that each lake has powerful natural force. The first lake is Tiwu Ata Mbupu with black color (the previous color was white). It is the place of the souls of the old people who have died. The second lake is Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai with blue color. It’s believed as a gathering place for the souls of young people who have died. The third lake is named Tiwu Ata Pol. It’s green now. It is believed as the place for the souls of the dead and as long as they lived always do crime or magic. Before changed to be green, the color was red. That’s why if the color of lake is changed, the local people will give offerings for the souls of the died people. 

According of science, discoloration of Kelimutu Lake caused by mineral content within the lake. But no one knows exactly when the lakes were discolored. There was no one who ever saw. That’s why some people said that Kelimutu Lake is one of the Wonders of the World.

Kelimutu Lake was found by Van Such Telen at 1915. But the beauty of Kelimutu Lake is widely known after Y. Bouman describes in his writings in 1929. Since 1992, Kelimutu Zone was stated as National Natural Conservation Area.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Position Adat Law in Indonesian Legal System

Adat law is one of components of legal system in Indonesia. It’s mirror of traits, culture, and values of Indonesians.

Adat Law is one of component of Legal System in Indonesia, beside Western Law and Islamic Law. Adat Law is very important, because it’s original law of Indonesia.

Adat law, or it’s often only mentioned as Adat, is unwritten law. The source of Adat Law is habits and customs that done continuously and obeyed as law by Indonesians. Because Adat is unwritten, grow, developed and maintained in social life, so can adjust to changing times and elastic.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Breaking Egg in Javanese Marriage and its Values

Javanese marriage is marriage that fulfilled by ceremonies. Ingredients that used in the ceremonies are to much and sometimes unique. Even chicken egg is used in a ceremony.

One of unique marriage ceremonies of Javanese tribe is connected to egg is ‘ngidak endog’ (breaking egg) that continued by ‘wijik’ (cleaning). In the ceremony, the bridegroom must break a chicken egg by his feet. Then the bride cleans the bridegroom’s feet that dirty by flower water.

Those ceremonies contain traditional values. Contain good hopes. Breaking the egg symbolizes that the couple’s aura has faded sexually. Bride cleans bridegroom’s feet symbolizes wife’s submission to husband. It also symbolizes that good behavior will effect good result too. It’s a hope that from the marriage will be borne good children that will dedicate their selves to parent, family and country.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Sungkeman, A Form of Respect for Older

Sungkeman is unique tradition in Yogyakarta and Center Java, Indonesia. Sungkeman is from word sungkem, activity to ask blessing by kneel down and kiss someone’s hand. It’s part of Java culture. It usually committed in marriage ritual and in Idul Fitri (Ied, Ied-ul Fitr). It’s a touching moment.
As a ritual in marriage program, the bride and bride-room commit sungkeman to their parent. They purpose to ask praying and blessing of the parent. Whereas sungkeman in Idul Fitri is done not only to parent, but to the other that older. The other that older, like older brother/sister, grandfather/grandmother, uncle/aunt, even neighbor that close.
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Mudik, Gathering Time with Family

Every country, every region, always has culture or tradition itself. Indonesia does too. Connected to holiday Indonesia has unique tradition that no place (I think) has it. The tradition called mudik.

Mudik is activity of migrant workers to back home to their birthplace. It usually is done in holiday, like Idul Fitri (Ied, Ied-ul fitr, Lebaran) or Christmas. The biggest mudik always happens in Idul Fitri every year. Exactly a week before until a week after Idul Fitri. It can be understood because Indonesia is a country with the biggest Muslim population in the world.

After work for months in a big city or other district or other island or abroad, after fasting a month, an Indonesian will commit mudik to gather with parent, big family and old friends. It’s a special moment, special day.

Mudik, Gathering Time with Family | Trifter

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Benefits of Fasting | Healthmad

Now is Ramadhan month. Fasting month for muslim. For a month, some people in the world, muslim, perform fasting as worship. Yes, fasting. Not drink. Not eat. Not sex. Not angry. Control the emotions. From sun rises until sun sets.

Some people maybe ask, why must fast? No eat, no drink, for a day, is illogical. Useless. Hmm…, I don’t think so…

Actually, since centuries ago, some people had done fasting. Except as worship, fasting is very useful for human. Even , Plato said that fasting is useful for treating sickness, both physical and mental.

The experts from some countries made researchs about usage of fasting. Alvenia M. Fulton, Director of Institute for Healthy Foods in USA, said: Fasting is the ladies best beautifier. It brings grace charm and poice. It normalizes female fuctions and reshapes the body contour.… Wow…, fasting is good for woman.

The other expert from USA, Allan Cott M.D., composed results of research of the experts from some countries. He arrange those research results in a book “Why Fast”. In the book, he mentioned the benefits of fasting.

The benefit/usage of fasting are:

  • to feel better physically and mentally
  • to look and feel younger
  • to clean out the body
  • to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • to get more out of sex
  • to let the body health itself
  • to relieve tension
  • to sharp the senses
  • to gain control of oneself
  • to slow the aging process.

So, fasting is very useful for healthy. Of course, mean of fasting here is rational fasting. Then followed by eat the healthy food.

Benefits of Fasting | Healthmad

India Porridge, Iftar in Koja Community | Socyberty

India Porridge, Iftar in Koja Community | Socyberty