in line with expectations. Misool community itself believes when they go to sea, the success depends on a ritual of Sasi Laut itself. It is a fascinating ritual, and when you learn about it more, we can learn how to appreciate the circle of life. How to not take for granted mother earth, and to be grateful with the nature given to us. What are the tips for people who want to go and explore Arborek, any advice on where to go and what to do? Is it family-friendly or more to adventurer type of exploring? Fly to Sorong first, and then since there are many islands in Raja Ampat, you can take a boat to Arborek from there. You can do a

day trip, or if you want to stay on the island, there are homestays. Two things that you should bring, though, your heart and your brain. Heart to experience and love what you see, respecting the culture and brain, so you don’t end up littering the area. This place is adventure friendly and also family-friendly. As an Indonesian actor / TV Host who loves travelling, how do you think we can show the world how amazing and diverse Indonesia is? Simple. Social Media. Nowadays when you travel, you can always use hashtags like #Indonesia or #visitindonesia so people can easily see and find the best places to go in Indonesia.

How do you enjoy learning about East Indonesia’s culture, and how different is it with your own culture (you’re coming from Manadonese - Javanese descendant)? In the East of Indonesia, they have a culture called Buka Tutup Sasi. Quoting from iopscience.org, the meaning of Sasi Laut, according to Misool society, sasi means an oath. Further, sasi which contains two purposes, namely ritual practice for the sea and as an application for permit or legality of the area that is sustained by the custom of the local community. Sasi Laut is a ritual performed by the Misool community as a sign to start or stop the fishing session. Sasi Laut is done with the intent and purpose to get the results of their fishing is abundant and

the culture issue


September & october 2019

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