Arts and Culture in Indonesia

Arts and Culture in Indonesia

As a great nation, Indonesia has a variety of cultures and customs that still exist up to this day. Since time immemorial, the archipelago—now becoming Indonesia— is located in a very strategic position, between cultural exchanges and trade in nations from the Far East, South Asia and the Middle East. Trade and commerce in the Southeast Asia region is growing rapidly, following an increase in meetings and exchanges of traders from China, India and Arabia.

The relations across cultures, religions and social dynamics that have been established for centuries later resulted in the diversity of attitudes, views and behaviors of different groups in the Archipelago. Although some still adhere to animism or dynamism, Hinduism, and Buddhism – and they are very influential— Islam later has gradually become one of the most significant social values and cultural norms of Indonesian society. After the arrival of colonialism from Europe, Christian and Catholic traditions also entered and influenced the attitudes and religious patterns of a number of people in various parts of Indonesia.

Islam, as one of the religions and forms of cultural practice that lived since at least the 13th century AD, has also colored the wealth of cultural treasures in this archipelago. From the northern coast of Sumatra, Java and Madura, to Sulawesi and the islands of Ternate and Tidore, various forms of Islamic governments have been present and have a strong influence on society. Cultural heritage and artifacts of the past in these regions witnessed the existence and glory of Muslims in the past i the region.

UIII believes that these exchanges of social-religious ideas and ideas that occur among them need to be documented. Our campus seeks to preserve the richness of Indonesia’s historical manuscripts and civilization, telling many things about important events in the past in bring them to our future.