Tempo English Weekly

Monday, December 04, 2017

A New Chapter for Indigenous Faiths

No Longer in Hiding

Adherents of the Ugamo Bangso Batak have long struggled against discrimination, and work for social inclusion. A recent Constitutional Court verdict offers new hope to adherents of indigenous faiths.

Medan resident Rosni Simarmata can now have "indigenous belief" written on the line stating her religion on her ID card (KTP). Although Rosni adheres to the Ugamo Bangsa Batak (literally translating into ‘the religion…

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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.