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Pictures of culture in Indonesia [updated 2014-04-08]



Below you will find a collection of photos from Indonesia. Pictures were taken by Rhett A. Butler over several years. While these images are the property of mongabay.com, it may be permissible to use them for non-commercial purposes (like powerpoint presentations and school projects), provided that the images are not altered in any form. Please read this for more details. If you are interested in using an image in a publication please contact me.


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Stupas at sunrise (Java)
Stupas at sunrise


Tau-Tau Effigies at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Tau-Tau Effigies at Londa Nanggala



Balinese Kecack Dance


Tombs carved in a rock face at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Tombs carved in a rock face at Lemo


Doorway at Puri Saren Agung (Ubud, Bali)
Doorway at Puri Saren Agung


Stone face at Puri Saren Agung (Ubud, Bali)
Stone face at Puri Saren Agung


Londa Nanggala cave with wooden funeral effigies and hanging coffins (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Londa Nanggala cave with wooden funeral effigies and hanging coffins. This is the burial custom of the Sa'dan Toraja people of upland Sulawesi.


Coffins and wooden effigies in cave at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Coffins and wooden effigies in cave at Londa Nanggala


Silhouetted Boboudur buddha in early morning (Java)
Silhouetted Boboudur buddha in early morning



Balinese Kecack Dance


Wooden effigies of the dead in cliff walls at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Wooden effigies of the dead in cliff walls at Lemo



Balinese Kecack Dance


Borobudur temple (Java)
Borobudur temple


Hindu statue of a woman endowed with a generous tongue (Ubud, Bali)
Hindu statue of a woman endowed with a generous tongue


Statue at Puri Saren Agung (Ubud, Bali)
Statue at Puri Saren Agung


Wooden effigies of the dead at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Wooden effigies of the dead at Lemo


Stone statue animal at Borobudur (Java)
Stone statue animal at Borobudur


Courtyard at Puri Saren Agung palace in Ubud (Ubud, Bali)
Courtyard at Puri Saren Agung palace in Ubud


One of ninety-two Dhyani Buddha statues at Borobudur (Java)
One of ninety-two Dhyani Buddha statues at Borobudur



Balinese Kecack Dance


Mural wall carvings at Borobudur (Java)
Mural wall carvings at Borobudur


Wall carvings at Borobudur, wheeled-cart (Java)
Wall carvings at Borobudur, wheeled-cart


Wooden coffin carved in the shape of a pig (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Wooden coffin carved in the shape of a pig


Stone face at Puri Saren Agung (Ubud, Bali)
Stone face at Puri Saren Agung



Balinese Kecack Dance


Mural wall carvings at Borobudur (Java)
Mural wall carvings at Borobudur



Balinese Kecack Dance



Balinese Kecack Dance


Mural wall carvings at Borobudur--pigs (Java)
Mural wall carvings at Borobudur--pigs



Balinese Kecack Dance


Mossy monitor lizard statue in Monkey Forest (Ubud, Bali)
Mossy monitor lizard statue in Monkey Forest


Wall carvings at Borobudur, woman (Java)
Wall carvings at Borobudur, woman


Stone tomb in a rock wall at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Stone tomb in a rock wall at Lemo



Balinese Kecack Dance



Balinese Kecack Dance


Human skull on rock at Ketu Kese (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Human skull on rock at Ketu Kese


Silhouette of Borobudur temple (Java)
Silhouette of Borobudur temple


Traditional Tongkonan wood tomb (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Traditional Tongkonan wood tomb. Suaya.


Dragon bridge in Monkey Forest, Ubud (Ubud, Bali)
Dragon bridge in Monkey Forest, Ubud


Mural wall carvings at Borobudur (Java)
Mural wall carvings at Borobudur



People making an offering in Bali


Tombs carved in a stone wall at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Tombs carved in a stone wall at Lemo


Wooden Coffins at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Wooden Coffins at Londa Nanggala



Balinese Kecack Dance


Tombs in cliffs at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Tombs in cliffs at Londa Nanggala



Man Carrying Rice Stalks Wearing a Rice Hat



Men on their way to temple


Severed pig snout and hoof (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Severed pig snout and hoof


Human bones left in cave as traditional burial practice at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Human bones left in cave as traditional burial practice at Londa Nanggala


Men preparing to slaughter a pig (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Men preparing to slaughter a pig. The pig is bound with rope to a bamboo pole.


Doorway at Puri Saren Agung palace (Ubud, Bali)
Doorway at Puri Saren Agung palace



Balinese Kecack Dance


Human skulls in cave at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Human skulls in cave at Londa Nanggala


Statue at Puri Saren Agung palace; with offering (Ubud, Bali)
Statue at Puri Saren Agung palace; with offering


Mural wall carvings at Borobudur (Java)
Mural wall carvings at Borobudur


Silhouette of Boboudur at early morning (Java)
Silhouette of Boboudur at early morning


Baby grave tree at Sarapung (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Baby grave tree at Sarapung


Squat statue at Elephant Cave (Ubud, Bali)
Squat statue at Elephant Cave



Balinese Kecack Dance



Balinese Kecack Dance


Human remains at cave in Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Human remains at cave in Londa Nanggala


Skulls and coffins in cave at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Skulls and coffins in cave at Londa Nanggala



Balinese Kecack Dance



Balinese Kecack Dance


Silhouette of stupas at Boboudur with moon setting in background (Java)
Silhouette of stupas at Boboudur with moon setting in background


Green algae-covered skulls in cave at Londo Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Green algae-covered skulls in cave at Londo Nanggala


Mural wall carvings at Borobudur (Java)
Mural wall carvings at Borobudur


Bamboo structure that will house funeral guests (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Bamboo structure that will house funeral guests. More than a hectare of bamboo can be cleared for constructing temporary housing for guests attending a large funeral.


Silhouetted buddha of Boboudur (Java)
Silhouetted buddha of Boboudur



Temple in Ubud's sacred monkey forest



Balinese Kecack Dance-Rama and Sita


Wall carvings at Borobudur, people under tree (Java)
Wall carvings at Borobudur, people under tree


Men carrying hog for slaughter at Tongkonan funeral (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Men carrying hog for slaughter at Tongkonan funeral


Pig entrails--prep for a traditional Torajanese funeral (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Pig entrails--prep for a traditional Torajanese funeral


Sack at a cave grave site at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Sack at a cave grave site at Lemo


Mural wall carvings at Borobudur-Buddha (Java)
Mural wall carvings at Borobudur-Buddha


Monkey statue in Monkey Forest (Ubud, Bali)
Monkey statue in Monkey Forest


Toraja boy with bamboo tube full of
Toraja boy with bamboo tube full of "tuak"


Skull alongside wodden coffin at Ketu Kese (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Skull alongside wodden coffin at Ketu Kese


Old man drinking rice wine at funeral (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Old man drinking rice wine at funeral


Temple at Goa Gajah (Ubud, Bali)
Temple at Goa Gajah


Human skull on rock (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Human skull on rock


Mural wall carvings at Borobudur—woman (Java)
Mural wall carvings at Borobudur—woman


Guide at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Guide at Londa Nanggala



Balinese Kecack Dance


Tomb carved in granite rock at Pana (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Tomb carved in granite rock at Pana


Mural wall carvings at Borobudur—women (Java)
Mural wall carvings at Borobudur—women


Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah) entrance (Ubud, Bali)
Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah) entrance. This 11th-century cave is entered through the carved mouth of a demon.



Balinese Kecack Dance



Balinese Kecack Dance



Balinese Kecack Dance


Human bones in cave at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Human bones in cave at Londa Nanggala



Balinese Kecack Dance


Stone tomb carved in giant granite rock at Pana (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Stone tomb carved in giant granite rock at Pana


Toraja boy drinking
Toraja boy drinking "tuak". Tuak is the traditional alcoholic beverage of Toraja land. It is the fermented sap of a certain type of palm tree. Tuak is generally served in a cut tube of bamboo.


Darkened Stupas at Borobudur (Java)
Darkened Stupas at Borobudur



Balinese Kecack Dance


Hindu Temple with hanging tree roots (Ubud, Bali)
Hindu Temple with hanging tree roots


Londa Nanggala cave with hanging coffins and funeral effigies (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Londa Nanggala cave with hanging coffins and funeral effigies. The traditional burial practices of the Sa'dan Toraja people of upland Sulawesi.


Food preparation for a funeral (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Food preparation for a funeral


Colorful Tongkonan wood tomb (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Colorful Tongkonan wood tomb. Suaya.


Borobudur temple (Java)
Borobudur temple



Balinese Kecack Dance


Doorways at Borobudur (Java)
Doorways at Borobudur


Two Toraja men running while carrying a pig for slaughter (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Two Toraja men running while carrying a pig for slaughter


Coffins and wooden funeral effigies in cave at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Coffins and wooden funeral effigies in cave at Londa Nanggala


Wooden effigies of the dead in limestone walls at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Wooden effigies of the dead in limestone walls at Lemo



Balinese Kecack Dance


Statue at Borobudur, open mouth (Java)
Statue at Borobudur, open mouth


Mural wall carvings at Borobudur (Java)
Mural wall carvings at Borobudur


Mural wall carvings at Borobudur (Java)
Mural wall carvings at Borobudur



Balinese Kecack Dance


Dog statue in Monkey Forest (Ubud, Bali)
Dog statue in Monkey Forest


Food preparation for a funeral (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Food preparation for a funeral



Balinese Kecack Dance



Men praying at the tombs of Gunung Kawi


Slaughtering a pig at a funeral ceremony in Sulawesi (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Slaughtering a pig at a funeral ceremony in Sulawesi


Mural wall carvings at Borobudur (Java)
Mural wall carvings at Borobudur



Balinese Kecack Dance



Balinese Kecack Dance




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