Indonesia has its culture that is thousands of years old. Other cultures came from outside Indonesia, such as India, Arab, China and Western (European) countries. Those various cultures have influenced the culture in Indonesia. One of many cultural influences, is what we called “nudism”. Many people still believe that nudism and clothes free living only happens in western countries. That is only partly right, Indonesia also has a cultural traditional of clothes free life, and it is hundred of years old.
For example, in Bali, it was usual for a woman to go topless. The meaning of topless in Bali means, it was a test for a woman, whether she could keep herself. Historian from Bali, I Nyoman Wijaya said
“whoever able to keep something most priceless and forbidden, she was able to keep herself and she never allowed somebody to insult herself”.
Toplessness also showed honesty, and for whoever able to keep her breast, would get trusty from another person (http://asia-culture.blogspot.co.id/2016/05/soal-wanita-bali-toples-telanjang-dada.html).
This video clip shows traditional topless culture in Balinese history.
Another example is, people in Papua. We can easily seeing a man only wearing “koteka” (a cloth for male to cover penis) and women only topless. This are the culture in Papua, and had happened in Papua since a long time ago and still happened nowadays. Besides Bali and Papua, some areas also have their nudism culture, such as Dayak and even in Java.
From those examples, we know that nudism and clothes free living is in Indonesian culture. So, if nowadays some people shout about nudity is not Indonesian culture, I just want to ask them, “Do you know Indonesian culture?”
Jakarta, 17th of October 2016
After office hour…
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