Religion and Spirituality | Indonesia Discoveries | World Nomads


Indonesia is a melting pot
of different cultures living together in harmony
under the same flag. This week, I decided
to delve deep into Indonesia’s
religious practices with my insider, Jamal. Along the way, I discovered
some priceless relics, talked to a man about magic,
dropped in on a street party, and gained insight
into the changing attitudes of young people. This is Spirituality
in Indonesia. [MUSIC PLAYING] I’ve always been very curious
about people, culture, and especially philosophy. And I think with religion
and spirituality, you get a good mix of
all three things. So I definitely had
to go to Borobudur. It was breathtaking, walking
up there and standing there with Jamal watching the sunrise. I can see why they built
the monument there. Because they knew that it
was going to look phenomenal. This is the largest Buddhist
temple in the world. Before it was found
in 19th century, it was fully covered by
land, gas, and forest. It is very important
for us Indonesians, because it’s a historical
site for Indonesian. After Borobudur, we
set off to Prambanan, which is the
largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere. When we got there, there
were a lot of local tourists. Today, we’re taking
a lot of photos. When they saw us, they wanted
to take a lot of photos with us. So I felt like a bit
of a monument as well. This is our national heritage. So it doesn’t matter whether
it’s Hindu, Buddha, Islam. So it’s just one culture
just coming together. Yeah, that’s beautiful. It’s impossible to
deny that we consist of different religions–
multi-culture or multi-ethnicity. And I think it’s one of the most
diverse countries in the world. Hello. I’d never done
anything like this. We’re going to go visit
a white magic doctor. His name’s Romo. And he’s been practicing
this all his life. Black magic is
clearly dirty, bad. But white magic is God’s will. It is for helping
people, for goodness. My religion is different
to all the others. If I pray to God of the
One, I just go like this. It’s connecting. But each religion has
their own way of teaching. After we sat down and we got
to know each other a bit more, he started to take
a peek into my life. And he was telling me that
he knew where I lived. And I didn’t believe him. So I said, what do you mean? What do you mean, you
know where I live? He saw that on his meditation
your house in Australia. There is a street,
and this also street. And your house is around
this area, around this area. Yeah, that’s true. Yeah. He would like to give you
kind of a invisible protector. OK. All right. I’d be open to doing that. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] [ROOSTER CROWS] At first, I was skeptical. But then after you did what you
did, I do feel a sense of peace and also a sense of confidence. After we finished up with
the white magic healer, we had a bit of a wonder. And we just sort of happened
upon a cultural dance session. [INDONESIAN MUSIC PLAYING] Jamal was telling us
that the reason to dance and the whole program was
because one of their sons was returning from a
long leave of absence. So the prodigal son returns,
and so they put on a whole show for him. By far, the biggest religion
in Indonesia is Islam. Over 87% of Indonesia’s
population are Muslim. That’s a whopping
225 million people. I wanted to learn more
about how young people were engaging with Islam. So I met up with
a local guy named Kevin to gain some insight. Back in the old days where you
got directed by your parents. But nowadays, you
have the freedom to see and search by yourself. Me myself– I’m a bit
struggling with what I have. I respect religion. But I don’t do the
practice anymore. But because I’m born with
this religion, and being born in Asian
countries where you have to respect what your
parents want to have, it’s kind of hard
decision for me, if I want to break out from
what I have at the moment. Some people
understand, of course, because I believe I’m
not the only one who is having this crisis. This is my own life. I mean, I’m supposed
to have a freedom to choose which one
is right or wrong. I think it’s definitely
important for travelers to come to Indonesia to
really see how communities can form with one culture
and many religions also playing a part. I think the culture
is what brings all the different
variables together. That kind of forms the bedrock
of how people live here. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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