One of the most unique and exciting parts of traveling to Indonesia is the chance to explore its rich culture and heritage. Unlike many places in the world, the culture of Indonesia is more of a culmination of several different cultures and an indigenous population. Its location put it smack dab in the middle of one of the most vital trading routes of early civilization – between the Middle and the Far East. This lead to a blending of cultural influences that can still be seen today.
This is very apparent in the art of the area. Most of the local art is a representation of several different cultural influences. For example, a popular art form, the traditional puppet show, has elements of Islam and Hindu in tit. Other art forms have taken on a distinctly Wes western flair owning primarily to continued exposure to western thoughts and ideals via the television and Internet. The music and movie industry is modern, but holds fast to the various influences that have come to Indonesia over its long history.
Music may very well play the most important cultural role in Indonesia. Dance and song are staples of cultural traditions. Festivals and group performances are common throughout the region. They also have a well-developed theater tradition that relies heavily on far eastern elements.
Culturally speaking, the people of Indonesia have a lot to draw on. Elements from the Far East, the Middle East and Europe are evident. The wide of variety of religions that have been practiced in the area can be seen thorough the region in its art, is music and its literature.
The deep culture of Indonesia is something that can only be appreciated by experiencing it. Anyone traveling to the region should be sure to be mindful of the various cultural influences and elements. From food to song, the culture of Indonesia is one of the most unique in the world.