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Observe IndonesiaStretch your hand via old stone latticework to the touch the fortunate Buddhas atop Java’s majestic Borobudur.Drink with the useless (and don’t slip on buffalo blood!) at an difficult and riotous Torajan funeral.Sniff out the notorious durian or scaly salak at a neighborhood fruit market.Step apart as a tremendous Komodo dragon swaggers by way of with the boldness simply 100kg of top-of-the-food-chain lizard can exude.In This Guide:Eleven authors, greater than three hundred days of in-country learn, seventy three ferry journeys, 197 specific maps, 205 bowls of nasi goreng.Includes in-depth info on volcano hiking, browsing, diving, orang-utan observing and the easiest adventures.Content up to date day-by-day: stopover at lonelyplanet.com for up to the moment experiences, updates and traveller feedback.

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The Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre in North Sumatra provides easy access to orang-utans in their natural setting, as does the centre at the Tanjung Puting National Park in Kalimantan. Kalimantan is also home to the proboscis monkey, named for its pendulous nose. Various species of the graceful gibbon also exist throughout the region, as do other primate species. Elephants are not numerous, but they still exist in the wild in Sumatra and can be seen at the Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra’s Lampung province.

Transmigration from South Sulawesi to Ambon had a similar result. Religious differences were cited as the catalyst for conflict, but other factors such as economic stresses and military influence could not be ignored as triggers. Mass transmigration is all but over in Indonesia. The government still supports population mobility and there’s now more sensitivity to agricultural suitability, employment growth, demographic balance and the rights of locals, but the programme has been markedly reduced.

Woodcarving is an intrinsic part of the Toraja’s famed funerals: the deceased is represented by a tau-tau (a life-sized wooden statue), and their coffin is adorned with carved animal heads. In the Ngaju and Dusun Dayak villages in Kalimantan, temadu (giant carved ancestor totems) also depict the dead. Perhaps Indonesia’s most famous woodcarvers are the Asmat of southwest Papua. Shields, canoes, spears and drums are carved, but the most distinctive Asmat woodcarvings are mbis (ancestor poles). These poles show the dead, one above the other, and the open carved ‘wing’ at the top of the pole is a phallic symbol representing fertility and power.

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