Masohi royal procession celebrates anniversary

“Royal flag bearers proudly lead the procession of aristocrats and warriors through the streets of Masohi in celebration of the anniversary of Masohi’s founding.  While today the kings of Maluku’s numerous regions and towns have no official political power, no important political event would be complete without the participation of Maluku’s royal families and courts.”…

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa comes to Masohi!

I stood behind the stage and adjusted and readjusted my white beard and red cap and wondered how I ended up here: A 23-year-old recent college graduate outfitted — and overheating — in a full Santa Claus costume in Masohi, Indonesia. It seems that people here feel that if they know a white male he must surely…