Indonesi5 - Indonesia The Republic of Indonesia(Republik Indonesia is a collection of 17,508 islands located in South East Asia With a population

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Indonesia The Republic of Indonesia ( Republik Indonesia ) is a collection of 17,508 islands located in South East Asia. With a population of about 230 million, it is the fourth most populous country on Earth, beaten only by the USA, India and China. Indonesia is one of those places that is almost completely unknown among Westerners * despite the fact that it has many famous sites in it, and has historically played a crucial role in world history. Australians are an exception to this, as the two countries are (rather uneasy) neighbours, and likewise the Netherlands' colonial history has left enough Indonesians and Anglo- Indonesians in the larger Dutch cities to make a mark. Have you ever heard of Bali? It's one of Indonesia's many islands. You've also heard of the komodo dragon and orangutan, of course, both of which live in Indonesia. History buffs know about the Spice Islands, the source of cloves and other spices, which were the goal of the great explorers of the 16th century. The Spice Islands are in Indonesia. Krakatoa, the great volcano that erupted in 1883 and (theoritically) cause of a near-extinction event long before that? In Indonesia. Java, the source of the English slang term for coffee (and a programming language)? An island in Indonesia. The obscurity in most of the West is partly because, until after WW 2 , the area was generally known as the East Indies (more precisely, what became Indonesia was the Dutch East Indies, while what became Malaysia was the British East Indies, the Philippines were the Spanish East Indies, and so on). So 'Indonesia' basically seemed to appear out of nowhere.
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That being said, Indonesia also boasts a whole damn lot of resources around the world. One of the so called Wonders of the World, Borobudur temple, is also located in Indonesia. Unfortunately for the residents, not many in the country seems to be able to manage them well. ..or to look beyond short-term profits. Indonesia's major religion is Islam- it is in fact the largest Muslim-majority country on Earth. Of course, it is by no means the sole religion- Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism are also prevalent. Interestingly enough, Indonesian Islam (outside of Aceh province) is almost a religion unto itself; while Indonesian Mulsims make the Hajj and pray facing Mecca, most combine Islam with millenia-old indigenous traditions. The Ramayana is performed by Muslim
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.

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Indonesi5 - Indonesia The Republic of Indonesia(Republik Indonesia is a collection of 17,508 islands located in South East Asia With a population

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