Tempo English Weekly

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lost Statues

SINCE 1999, statues and sculptures considered vulgar or failing to reflect local mores have been looted, removed, demolished or dismantled.

In 2012, Pekanbaru, Riau, residents protested against the Tari Zapin statue in front of the Riau governor’s office, arguing that the statue was pornographic and failed to depict Riau’s traditional Zapin dance. The statue was not demolished and its name was instead changed to Tarian Rakyat (folk dance).

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Monday, February 12, 2018

The Malady of Papua

Young coconut shell was on the lunch menu of Fransisca Patatcot and her son on Saturday two weeks ago. Sitting next to each other on the wooden porch of the Santo Petrus Paulus Church, Pulau Tiga District, Asmat Regency, Papua, they snacked on the coconut shell. When the coconut shell was finished, she began eating the husk.