Friday, July 25, 2008


Listening to the rhythmic sound of the water flowing in a small stream being sliced by oars in the hands of tribesman with their traditional long canoes, and the chirping of birds, cries of monkeys, these are the calls of the wild of the wet tropical forest of Mentawai Island.
This island has been world apart for half million years. their tradition are colored by the communal life and the body tattoo with a typical pattern.
Amid the forest of sago which is its staple food, a glorious typical traditional mentawai long house Uma is standing proud which is the center of the secular and spiritual life of its community.
The spell of the damp rain forest is felt to be made to tremble the feeling of love for nature and life.

West Sumatra

The amazing regency with Padang as capital. Located in Sumatra island.
The natural enchantment of Bukit Barisan found in this region, the land of the Minangkabau, they call it Ranah minang.
The Matrilineal system performed by this ethnic group is unified with the Patrilineal culture if the Muslim Religion.
The unification of both can also be seen in its typical traditional architecture with its carved pitched roofs
Endless flowing rivers and streams decend from the mountain and gather into expansive and enchanting lakes, circled by the spectacular sight of terraced rice-fields.
The transitional the Ancient phases of Minang tradition from the Ancient to the Hindu and colonial period are marked by the remains of statue and architecture, to be found throughout the region.

The Lightning Monument

The Lightning Monument, which stands on the spot where Bung Karno first read the document of Proclamation of Independence, is to represent the Planting of a Crowbar and marks the beginning of the development in Indonesia.
The striking lightning at the top of the pole symbolizes the dramatic moment when the proclamation was made.
(taken from badan pengelola monumen nasional document)

The Text Proclamation

The Text Proclamation is on a five -pillar structure also carved on bearing bronze weighing 600 kg and based o the origial paper, blown up about 200 times
The five-pillars structure symbolizez the five principles of States ideology namely Pancasila.
(taken from Badan Pengelola Monumen Nasional document)

Soekarno-Hatta Monument

The historical consciousness and the sense of gratitude and appreciation stimulated all Indonesia to build Soekarno-Hatta Monument the proclamators of Indonesian independence.
Build on 56 Proklamasi street, Jakarta, it attempts to honor the memory of the proclamation of Independence by the Indoesia people on the same site, formerly known as Pegangsaan Timur 56, on August 17,1945
The monument,inaugurated by President Soeharto o the 16th of August 1980, consist of the memorial site the proclamation of Independence in unity with the proclamation Monument as well the Lightning Monument
The statue of Bung Karno is 4.60 meters high and that of Bung Hatta is 4.30 meters highs, both made out of bearing bronze weighing around 1.200 kg. The expression portrayed are those of the gentlemen when they were at the age of 46 and 43.
Resemble unfolded fan,the background of the platform consist of a triangular form, signifying simplicity and solidity, elements found everywhere in the traditional life of the Indonesian nation.
Within this background the historical 17.8 and 45 is immortalized, there are 17 wings, the height of the center wings is 8 meters and the number of the curves are 45, denote the proclamation date.

The Proclamation Monument

The tugu Proclamasi (Proclamation Monument) was laid out by the Jakarta Republic Women who organized the committee to commemorate the first anniversary of The Proclamation of Independence.
The Monument was officially inaugurated by Prime Minister of the Republic Indonesia, Sutan Syahrir, on August 17,1946

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