You could be surprised that after the April 2011 edition, you have not received the May edition of Warisan Indonesia. We deeply apologize for making you wait for the next edition which is coming in June 2011.
We regret that we have to skip one edition to adjust with reforms in the management for the purpose of giving the best for the readers. We undertake some improvements including the transition of posts of the Chief Editor and the Managing Editor. We do believe you can understand this measure.
The nation of Indonesia has long been known for its tolerance, friendliness, and respect for liyan (fellow human beings). These characters have made this country a home to a diversity of race, ethnicities, and almost every religion there is, to grow and live together.
However, the society has been showing intense aggresiveness lately. People have become angry more easily and express violence to fellow people. Clash between villages or violence in the name of religion have become more intense. Daily life has become more individualistic and materialistic. Bonds between humans become fragile and it would need extra efforts to reconnect them, particularly in big cities. It is as if we have lost the values of gotong royong, or collaborative cooperation. A life principle once dear to the nation.
Warisan Indonesia would like to remind and recover the fading values of gotong royong. Quoting Bung Karno, when the five principles in Pancasila—the state philosophy—are extracted, the core inside is gotong royong. Hence gotong royong is the spirit encircling the nation’s basic principles. Therefore, we raise the issue of gotong royong as the main report of this edition.
We also feature stories on tayub dance, bundengan musical instrument from Wonosobo, kentongan festival, the performance of Opera Tan Malaka, Javanese Joglo architecture, pasola traditional ceremony from Sumba, and many others.
We continually strive to serve you with quality stories and pictures that are appealing and informative on diverse arts and cultures scattered throughout the Archipelago. Thank you for being our loyal readers.
RITA SRI HASTUTI