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Influences

November 16th 2019
As I sat on my veranda at Lake Maninjau, watching two iguana’s play in the waters, I contemplated Minang culture and the influence of Islam on it. Minang culture is matrilineal, meaning the women are in charge. But Minang culture is also Islamic. The matrilineal aspect dates from pre-Islamic times, and the introduction of Islam didn’t change that. In a sense it is a strange mix, since Islam, l ... read more
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Indonesian Flag The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; the islands were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan's surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hos... ... read more
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17th November 2019

Queen's Palace
Love the palaces, Ralf. Great arcs and lines. Another great addition to our Palaces & Castles thread in the Photography Forum.
20th November 2019

Gosh, once again I am honoured
I am steaming ahead with my pictures suddenly appearing in all kind of photo forums, soon I'll be famous!

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