Culture/Art life in Indonesia

The culture of Indonesia has been shaped by long interaction between original indigenous customs and multiple foreign influences. Indonesia is centrally-located along ancient trading routes between the Far East, South Asia and the Middle East, resulting in many cultural practices being strongly influenced by a multitude of religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam and Christianity, all strong in the major trading cities. The result is a complex cultural mixture very different from the original indigenous cultures. The Indonesian coat of arms moreover bears the motto: Bhinneka Tunggal Ika – Unity in Diversity. Western culture has greatly influenced Indonesia in science, technology and modern entertainment such as television shows, film and music, as well as political system and issues. India has notably influenced Indonesian songs and movies. A popular type of song is the Indian-rhythmical dangdut, which is often mixed with Arab and Malay folk music. Despite the influences of foreign culture, some remote Indonesian regions still preserve uniquely indigenous culture. Indigenous ethnic groups Mentawai, Asmat, Dani, Dayak, Toraja and many others are still practicing their ethnic rituals, customs and wearing traditional clothes.

Culture & Life

On the whole the Indonesian people are religious in nature. Eventhough, they are still true to the Pancasila, the five principles of nationhood...


The Indonesian archipelago harbours many ancient cultures that are rooted here, while throughout its history through centuries ...


Indonesia’s culture is indeed rich in the arts and crafts. The crafts of Indonesia vary in both medium and art form. As a whole the people are artistic by nature and express themselves ...


ndonesia is also strong in the performing arts including dance and music performance. The beautiful Ramayana dance drama is enacted during the dry season at the large ...