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GETTING TO KNOW INDONESIA: WHERE AND HOW?

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My new English blog has just been born HERE - and under the cut I'm reposting the first story so you may get a grasp of what this is all about…
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Opinions and advice are most welcome, but preferably on the .rbth site itself (that way it's much easier to reread them later... :-)
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As for this blog on the LiveJournal - will be back with new postings the moment I have some free time…




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If the lifestyle of the Sumbanese (INDEX) seems more interesting to you than art and history, you have to go to Tarung which is located almost in the heart of the regional center of Waikabubak (see HERE).
Тарунг

Naturally (for Sumba) it’s still not possible to avoid megaliths completely even there:

Тарунг 
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JUNGLE BOOK by Walt Disney 
I love The Jungle Book so much that it’s actually the only movie that I keep watching for the last several years (but only when I am flying at long distances). However, I need to admit that Disney is not completely right here.
Orangutan is for sure "The Jungle VIP":

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60+50: SOEKARNO, GAGARIN & TERESHKOVA

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Prof. Alexey Drugov, a renowned scholar of oriental studies, doctor of political sciences, one of the Russian leading experts on Indonesian history recollects his memories of how the first Russian achievements in space exploration affected early Russian-Indonesian relations.
А.Ю.Другов 

Worthwhile to note that the year of 1961, most notably April 12, marks the bloom, or at least the early rise of Soviet-Indonesian relations. Suffice it to say that there in June 1961 President Soekarno takes a trip to Moscow eager to celebrate his 60th anniversary together with his Soviet friends.
Из архива И.И.Кашмадзе 
Bung Karno's 1961 visit to Russia, "Space" pavilion at a Moscow exhibition. From I.Kashmadze's archive

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Interview by Mikhail Kouritsyn
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Sometimes some places at Sumba (INDEX) may turn out to be dangerous: "Feuds between villages, … is not uncommon in Sumba, an island where feudal traditions are cherished and many residents still walk around carrying a machete. In March, police arrested 55 villagers from Ede in Southwest Sumba after they attacked the neighboring village of Waetana in West Sumba. One Waetana villager was killed, and after the attack it turned out that the victim’s head, hands and some of his organs were missing". JG 23.9.10 
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And this is the LINK to a book telling about the war which broke in 1998 between of Loli and Wewewa tribes where thousands of tribesmen fought against each other.
That is why I’m asking you to treat warnings of LP like "Kodi is a region with a reputation for lawlessness and Sumbanese from other districys of the island are wary of Kodi people" seriously…
Still, in this posting I would like to tell you a bit who stays where in Sumba, but first will show you one nice megalith erected in 1926 in Pasunga village (near Anakalang - MAP)
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Back to Sumba (INDEX) again - to see its wheels, pushers and pullers:
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I have already mentioned before that thanks to its many pastures Sumba is famous for its horses
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"Mostly we recognize individual orangutans by their face, just as we do humans. Every face is different”. Kaplan, G., Rogers, L.G. (2000), THE ORANGUTANS
Orangutans are able to feel fear, sadness, HAPPINESS [see photos below] and pain same as human beings” - from the Nyaru Menteng rehabilitation centre brochure “What Do We Have to Know About Orangutans
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Following my four-day experience with our closest relatives (yes! I’ll try to prove it in my further postings) I can tell you that orangutans (INDEX) demonstrate a very wide emotional spectrum which can be easily seen on their faces.
Is it CONFUSION?
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RUSSIAN NAMES OF BALINESE LAKES

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Frankly speaking, it's probably just a mere coincidence that the name of a Balinese Beratan (pronounced: Bratan) lake in Russian slang means 'brother', but it still gives me a formal right to show you this article in ASIA'S PREMIER RUSSIAN-ENGLISH MAGAZINE.
The Russian version of the story and the remaining photos you may see HERE (as the magazine is bilingual):
Buyan

What's even more, a Buyan (meaning in Russian 'brawler') lake also exists in Bali - quite near to its 'brother' of Beratan…
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Sumba-5: THE BIGGEST MEGALITH

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Back to Sumba (INDEX):
Галубакул (о.Сумба)

Let’s visit a place called Galubakul just near Kabundak town (MAP)

Галубакул (о.Сумба) 

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Orangutan-2: THE MOST ARBOREAL OF APES

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…"if I had called man an ape, or vice-versa, I should have fallen under the ban of all the ecclesiastics. It may be that as a naturalist I ought to have done so". Carolus Linnaeus to Gmelin, 14.01.1774
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In his book System of Nature printed in 1758, Linnaeus described orangutan (INDEX); who he called Homo nocturnes or Homo sylvestris orang-outang) in the following way:
"Body white, walks erect, less than half our size. Hair white, frizzled. Eyes orbicular, iris and pupils golden. Vision lateral, nocturnal, Life-span twenty five years. By day hides; by night it sees, goes out, forages. Speaks in a hiss. Thinks, believes that the earth was made for it, and that sometime it will be master again, if we may believe the traveler". Not what you call a realistic description? :-)

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To be continued