Reviving & Saving rainforests by preserving culture
What is culture?
There are several ways to answer this question as related to Indonesia Culture Exploration. Through Indonesia Culture Exploration you will examine a piece of Indonesia’s culture from the realm of anthropology. Culture is learned, in order for several individuals to display similar patterns of behavior the original behaviour was taught and/or learned from one individual to the next, from one generation to the next. Culture is not innate. Culture is not stagnant. Culture is constantly shifting and changing with the times and with learned knowledge. Culture can shift in a matter of a few years or can remain unchanged for several hundreds of years. Culture shapes and influences the societies’ behaviours and perceptions [of life, cultural elements]. Culture is what is held important to a particular society. Culture has the power and ability to determine and distinguish who fits into a particular cultural group and who does not.
In all honesty within the realm of anthropology and other biological sciences the term culture is constantly being redefined, revamped and altered to change and to suite what an individual, group, society, cultural group, or even what research points to and defines what is and what is not cultural.
Why is the name of your company Culture Exploration but the website headlines say Indonesia Culture Exploration?
We are thinking positive towards the future where we can spread our vision to other countries with habitats that need to be protected. We hope to have multiple countries we can work with in the future helping out communities and habitats in need.
If I decide to leave the programme with less belongings than what I brought may I donate it to Indonesia Culture Exploration?
Of course you can. We generally give the items left behind to those in the surrounding communities that are in need of such materials. If there are First Aid materials left behind Indonesia Culture Exploration keeps these and we use them on the programmes and/or for the locals that come to us in need of basic medical attention before we send them off to the hospitals or clinics if allowed.
Is there one thing I need to know before I arrive in Medan?
Yes. Respect. Please respect the people, no matter how they treat you. You are a guest in their home and there are preconceived notions and ideas on how outsiders, particularly Westerners behave. Unfortunately, not all stereotypes are positive. It is our hope to prove through our actions that not all Westerners are copies of and deserving of these preconceived ideas.
Please adhere to our rules and this will lead to a much more pleasurable learning experience. Please respect the culture. Culture is all encompassing of symbols, practices, beliefs, religion, lifestyle, clothing, food, language, art, architecture, government, behaviour, values and more. Please bear in mind that there are some expressions (gesture, facial, verbal) that are either universal or universally understood. You are an ambassador representing your country, your community, your city, your family, and you. If you give respect no matter the circumstance respect will have to be given no matter what; that is the Indonesian way. Respect is a huge factor in Indonesian culture across all 17,500 plus islands. Anda harus sopan. You have to be respectful.
Why is insurance needed for the Ghost/Supernatural programme?
Due to belief of the power and strength of the otherworld it is advised that precaution is taken seriously. Indonesian’s generally live in balance with the otherworld; however, we cannot control the actions of others whom may be possessed or the actions of the ghosts. Indonesia Culture Exploration takes safety to heart and it is our primary concern that all individuals involved in this particular programme are insured. We cannot predict the unknown. We do not know how angry or happy a ghost will be upon our meeting with him, her, or it. We also do not know how you will respond (i.e., blood pressure, shock, entertainment level) physically, physiologically, or psychogically. Therefore, to protect you we require participant of the Ghost/Supernatural programme to have and provide proof of insurance, whether temporary traveler’s insurance or full medical insurance. Be sure to check with your insurance provider that this programme is covered with which-ever insurance you are planning on travelling with. Indonesia Culture Exploration will not be held liable for your safety in this programme. We will do our best to ensure your safety and we require that you follow ALL directions given by the leader of your programme and any supernatural specialist that will meet you along the way. If you follow ALL directions you will remain safe and out of harms way as much as possible.
There are good and bad ghosts in Indonesia that live amongst the people. The supernatural world is a huge factor in everyday life and how, when, and where certain tasks are carried out and are performed. Respect and awareness of the supernatural world seems almost innate within the Indonesian population. This is truly deeply rooted within the culture, learned and observed by nearly everyone within in Indonesia. As spoken in Indonesia there are two worlds the human world and the otherworld, which consists of humans and non-humans. The worlds collide at different times of day when the ghosts/supernatural decide to come out, during these times of day and night it is not advised for people to be out and about. In fact you will see all people, no matter their religion go inside and remain inside until the appropriate time passes and it is known the otherworld has settled and is not as likely to be out in the human world.
You will watch movies, look at books and magazines, speak and interview people, and possibly meet with ghosts under the supervision of a ghost-talker/specialist/master to see just how much the otherworld effects Indonesia. (You can always participate in this programme without ghost encounters; in this case insurance is not required).
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