Visible Religion: Beliefs permeate life in Indonesia

“Before we begin, let’s pray together. Begin.” Then silence, for about fifteen seconds, as students bow their heads. “Finish.” This is the way the first class of each day at SMA N 3 Yogyakarta begins. Note that the N stands for negeri, or country—this is a public school. Indonesia has six accepted religions: Islam, Catholicism,…

Book Review: The Indonesia Reader

As I packed my bags to start life as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, I faced a dilemma. Like many Americans preparing to leave for Indonesia, I wanted resources to learn about the country I was planning to visit. As I threw together my t-shirts, mosquito spray, and toothbrush, however, I realized how little I…