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Archive for August, 2011

Kasada Festival, Gunung Bromo; And What about Indonesia’s “Culture of Disaster”?

The blog includes a short video and a longer textual explanation of the Kasada festival at Gunung Bromo (Mt. Bromo) in East Java, Indonesia. Besides from being a beautiful and entertaining ritual, the legend and practice of Kasada also describe an interesting relationship between the local people and the volcanic environment. The thoughts and information in this post come from my readings of Bromo, the Tengger people, and my recent trip to partake in the August 2011 Kasada festival.

Ash eruption footage courtesy of Kyoshi Nishi, JICA Silver Expert (publicly available from the Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network 29:07, 07/2004)

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