Sorong Local Custom Tips by RoyJava
Sorong Local Customs: 11 reviews and 11 photos
A shame, but Irian Jaya seas receive high number of threats as a result of rapid human population development. Destructive fishing practices (dynamite and cyanide) are one of the threats. Those unstained fishing practices, dumping industrial tailing and domestic sewages made the Irian waters threatened in Jayapura, Sorong and Merauke. Also exploitation of shark liver, reef fishes, sea cucumber and top shells are one of serious threat, exported to Jakarta.
So it feels great knowing local women still take care of the production of "ikan teri". These small smelt-fishes get specially prepared (salted) and dried in the sun. When done they fry the smelts in oil with some herbs and, the "ikan teri" is finished ... worth a while to try! And watch the people's squat... they sit like that for hours and hours ...
That was neat to watch. Working men along The Hill, Sorong. The women brought them food and drinks. It is a kind of "Gotong Royong". It is "helping each other under no conditions", in the spirit of goodwill. When helpless you'll notice the people (sometimes shy, humble, of miner importance) suddenly turn into most helpful people ... ofcourse cinici pretend it is a method for gathering people, which I adoubt!
Pak Wajoj we met at his home in Klademak. He once worked for N.N.G.P.M. (Nederlandsch Nieuw Guinea Petroleum Maatschappij). We had an interview about situation of Papua Irian Barat/Jaya and, some years later the Jakarta Post published next (with all respect):
"On Jan. 1, 2000, President Abdurrahman Wahid officially declared the name of Irian becomes Papua because the term "Irian" in Arabic has a negative connotation and meant "naked" , but some Irianese reminded the term was originally an acronym for a pro-Indonesia youth organization established at the end of 1945, which stands for "Ikut Republik Indonesia Anti Nederland" (Joining the Republic of Indonesia Anti-Netherlands).
That is a stupid question! People of the Papua Irian islands donot take a sun-bathe ...
Pak Wajoj took us all the way to Kasuarina Cape, we had a wonderful swim, some snorkeling (nothing to see!), a nice picnic and some chat in the sunshine. Pak Wajoj and his family hurried to get under the tree of the bushes. Sudah tentu ya ...
All of us always stare amazed at those women walking along the road with all kind of things on her head. Every time I see such a local woman I can't imagine how they maintain their balance ... and their most elegant way of walk.
On the way to Kasuarina Cape (2 kilometers from Sorong town!) I got this pic and dedicate it to all local women walking all the way long ...
Such a nice Indonesian custom you probably see everywhere very early in the morning, and in the afternoon. I love to listen to the sound of sapu sapu, sweeping the floor around the house...
In the little villages (kampungs) you'll smell the delicious odour of burned coconut rind and maybe added herbs. They burn their mess of the day, in such a spiritual way ...
Boy, I hated school! The Elementary Education ... yack! When finished you got sent for the Netherlands to join higher educations. Ofcourse we sneaked into our formery school to feel the same emotions. That was fun to see the kids here. For now this is the SMP, or Secondary Education. We had to be careful taking pics and filming the area, because of a military base across the school ... so take care!
In old times we were used to Papua servants in New Guinea. People, both males and females, got out of the bushes and, got teached how to serve the colonial Dutch "tuan besar" (big man). They were not slaves, just free working people, no more, no less ...
Our Mustafa was the best! A civilized very polite young man right from the bush. We loved him. And felt so sorry to leave him in Sorong when immigrating to Holland. We donot know what happened to him. A lot of Papua servants fleed for the South of Irian Jaya, its new name. Other got killed ...
Fresh water like rain water cannot be spoiled, so the locals catch the rain water in baskets, cans and barrels. It can be used to drink, to cook, to clean and for taking a bath ...
To me good memories and happy to see those cans and baskets are still there in a way we did exactly the same. And guess what? When fishes swimming in the barrel, this is the sign the water still is fresh and clear ... don't think the water is polluted and don't kill the fishes.
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