All posts tagged: indonesia

Sunrise in Nusa Dua Bali by Jojie Alcantara

My birthday song

I open up my heart and
I’m gonna do my part and
Make this a positively beautiful day.

Standing coffins of Manado, Indonesia

Between 1994 and 1995, I was traveling to Manado, Indonesia doing my very first travel brochure project (the income of which I bought my first PC) for a Swiss client.  I only had a film camera then and it was to document for the brochure.  Back in those days, my composition and output were still unsatisfactory for me.  It was my very first travel in Southeast Asia. This photo above was taken of me (I forgot by whom) standing beside the Waruga Stone Graves in Sawangan Village, Manado. For a  little interesting history, this ancient cemetery consist of 144 sarcophagi (coffins) which dated back to the Megalithic age. Made of unique stones with holes in the middle and a triangular lid, the coffins have carved motifs which will tell you the dead’s profession, hobby or interest (a drawing of a female giving birth to a child means the grave of a midwife). The most remarkable thing was the funeral ritual. The corpse was seated and tied on a chair until it became stiff. The corpse …