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Unique and Extreme Traditional Sports That Can be Found in Indonesia

Holiday Ayo - You must have memorized the sports of football, volleyball, basketball to badminton which are sports all over the world. But did you know that Indonesia has various and unique traditional sports?

Not infrequently sports like this have cultural values and contain deep meanings. Some have even become sports that are contested in big events, for example, pencak silat at the 2018 Asian Games.

But what are the traditional sports that have become a tourist attraction in Indonesia? You can see some of them below.

1. Pencak Silat

source: bandung.go.id

Pencak silat is a typical Indonesian self-defense sport which is then known internationally. With its distinctive movements, combining the flexibility of the body with movements identical to certain animals, this martial art is almost like a dance but has a high effectiveness in conquering opponents.

2. Jemparingan

source: goodnewsfromindonesia.id

Jemparingan is a target archery sport that has been determined from a certain distance. Uniquely, archery in jemparingan is not done while standing or with a horse that is normally used, but in a cross-legged sitting position. Later the arc position will be on the side so that our body position will be 90 degrees.

Jemparingan is a target archery sport that has been determined from a certain distance. Uniquely, archery in jemparingan is not done while standing or with a horse that is normally used, but in a cross-legged sitting position. Later the arc position will be on the side so that our body position will be 90 degrees.

3. Lompat Batu

source: tirto.id

Originating from the Nias Islands, North Sumatra, this sport is called zawo-zawo by local people. It is said that the beginning of this sport was carried out as a tactic of the Nias Tribe in fighting and giving surprises, where stacked stones were forts that were arranged to defend. Troops must then be able to jump over this fort, and plunge into the battlefield with full vigor and strength from a height. Quite unique, huh?

4. Pacu Jalur

source: liputan6.com

Initially this sport was only carried out in villages around the Kuantan River to commemorate religious holidays, such as the Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, Eid Al-Fitr, and the New Year of Muharram. However, it turns out that the demand continues to increase, and the runway has become one of the cultural spectacles that have always succeeded in attracting tourists to come to the area.

5. Pathol

source: frenscorsmapat.wordpress.com

Pathol is a traditional sport similar to wrestling. This sport emerged and developed in Sarang, Rembang area, Central Java. The condition for participating in this sport is to have a body that is in balance with the potential opponent, and then both parties try to lock each other up. Whoever can give the longest lock is the winner.

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