Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Beruang Madu (Helarctos malayanus)

The Smallest Member in The Bear Kingdom

The Look of Beruang Madu
Bengkulu’s Beruang Madu (Helarctos malayanus) is one of the samples of Indonesia’s richness of the animal species. The Beruang Madu is also known as the Sun Bear is the smallest bear in the world. With only 1.40 m in height, the Sun Bear is only less then 1/2 the size of the largest bear in the family, the polar bear. The Sun Bear’s back height is 70 cm in average. Their weight is only around 50 – 65 kg. They have long finger nails that they used to climb trees with straight branches.

Harimau Sumatera (Panthera tigris)

Jambi’s Big Cat

 About the Sumatran Tiger
In Jambi, Sumatera, you will be able to meet the gorgeous big cat called the Sumatran Tiger or Harimau Sumatera (Panthera tigris). This animal is one of the six sub species of tigers that are still existing until know. However, this amazing tiger is critically endangered. It is on that status because there are only about 400 Sumatran Tiger known to be still living in the wild. As tigers are sitting on the top of the food chain, they are the predators that can also control the population of the animals under them in the food chain. And therefore, should this tiger be extinct, the balance of the forest may be disturbed as there will be no population control for certain animals anymore. There are factors that make the tigers’ population decrease. Among the factors are the lost of habitat because of the deforestation and the illegal hunting.  

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bohemian Rhapsody at Saung Angklung Udjo Indonesia

Long time ago, angklung was an instrument that had religious ritual function. The main function of angklung was as a medium to invite Dewi Sri (rice goddess/prosperity) to come down to the earth and gave fertility to plants. They used tritonik (three tones) angklung, tetra tonik (four tones) and pentatonic (five tones). This kind of angklung usually calls angklung buhun that means 'the old angklung' which had not been influenced by other elements. Until now, some villages still use angklung buhun in many ceremonies, such as pesta panen, ngaseuk pare, nginebkeun pare, ngampihkeun pare, seren taun, nadran, helaran, turun bumi, sedekah bumi, etc.
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Traditional Musical Instrument : Angklung. 
Originally come from Indonesia.