‘Gods and Demons’: Indonesia through the prism of Bali – Mon, August 31 2020


Indonesia looks very different if you are in Bali than in Jakarta. While this may be stating the obvious, it is an important first step to understanding Indonesia.
It is like saying that the United States looks different depending on whether you are in Los Angeles or in Washington DC. The same country, more or less the same political culture and the same President Trump. But you can only appreciate the vast differences in America if you are you far away from the center of power.
Similarly, it is the same Indonesia and the same President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, but the country can look very different when viewed from Bali or anywhere else outside Jakarta or Java. You only begin to appreciate not only the vastness, but also how diverse Indonesia is in terms of ethnicity, religion, culture, tradition and language as well as politics if you venture out of Jakarta.
Deborah Ca…



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