Native faith believers in North Sulawesi celebrate freedom of religion

first_img“I feel that it is getting easier for us to work on administrative arrangements, specifically regarding the inclusion of local faiths on our identity cards, after the Constitutional Court’s ruling,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.The Constitutional Court ruled three years ago in favor of native-faith followers in a judicial review of the 2013 Civil Administration Law. The court said articles in the law requiring adherents of indigenous faiths to leave the religion columns of in their ID cards blank were discriminatory.For Sual, the freedom to show his identity in the civil registry is pivotal. He was the first one among the Malesung believers to make the arrangement with the civil registry authorities regarding his faith.“Another eight people have gotten their [updated] family cards. They are now in the process of revising their ID cards,” he said. A Constitutional Court ruling in 2017 ordering the government to recognize indigenous native faiths and put them in the religious column on identity cards has been celebrated by many traditional religion believers, including those of the Malesung faith of North Sulawesi.Malesung is an old native faith from the land of Minahasa in the province. It is estimated it still has thousands of believers who practice its rituals and prayers.Sual, a Malesung believer who did not wish to reveal his first name, said his native faith had been recognized by the government as its name had been listed on his family card. Soon, the religion column in his identity card would be filled with the words: “Faith in the Almighty God.” Sual said everyone practicing traditional Minahasa rituals could be seen as Malesung faith followers. Some had openly acknowledged their beliefs, while others chose to keep stating their religion as it was previously regulated by the government on their ID cards.Malesung rituals symbolize a way to establish a relationship with the Creator, who is known by several names, such as Empung Wailan Wangko, Empung Kasuruan Wangko and Opo Wana Natas.The rituals are often done in open spaces. “This way, we can hear the signs of nature more clearly. They can’t be done in buildings as we grew out of an agricultural culture,” Sual said.The Creator figure in Malesung belief is represented by Muku’, who are messengers sent to interact with believers. Sual explained that some Muku’ are ancestors who are le’os (good), while others are lewo’ (bad).They serve as intermediaries to give direction and advice to Malesung believers.Sual further explained the concept of God in the Malesung religion consisted of three parts: Manalinga (the one who hears), Manembo (the one who sees) and Renga-Renga’an (the one who loves and punishes).Malesung believers, he said, often experienced rejection, especially by followers of other religions. However, Sual said Malesung believers responded by only focusing on conveying their love to the Creator.Denny Pinontoan, a theology professor at the Tomohon Indonesia Christian University in North Sulawesi, said the inclusion of native faiths in civil registry documents such as family and ID cards was in line with the Constitution, as it was parallel with the principle of religious freedom.He said he appreciated the Minahasa people who wanted to revive the Malesung faith or pass it down to the younger generations.“This ancestral belief existed long before the government established the six officials religions; therefore, [Malesung] is not a new religion,” Denny said.The professor, who once wrote a dissertation on the traditional multicultural Minahasa society, said the government’s recognition of ancient beliefs had shown the diversity in Minahasa and more generally in North Sulawesi.“There’s a belief in Sangihe called Masade or Old Islam. There is also the Musi native belief in Talaud.”These might surprise many people as the general public often think that Christianity had been practiced in Minahasa for a long time, Denny said.“Christianity had been embraced since the late 19th century when it was brought by European missionaries. However, it did not completely replace native beliefs such as Malesung, as people still practice its rituals and important elements until now,” said Denny. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

National Women’s League: Fabulous Ladies remain unbeaten

first_imgFabulous Ladies claimed the spoils in the Kumasi derby following victory over Ashtown Ladies in the Northern Division of the National Women’s League.Goals from Agnes Aduako and Priscilla Okyere handed Fabulous Ladies a 2-0 victory at the Wesco Park.The win leaves Fabulous at the top of the standings as they are the only unbeaten side in the league and yet to concede after six matches.Oforikrom Ladies lost 1-0 to Ampem Darkoa after Mavis Baffowaa scored the decisive goal.Grace Adams, Kasira Malik and Mercy Myles all scored to give Prisons Ladies a 3-0 win over Sharp Arrows.In the Southern Division, champions, Hasaacas kept the pressure at the top as the defeated Lady Strikers 2-0 courtesy goals from Samira Suleman and Perpetual Agyekum. After bolstering their squads and going back to the drawing board, the National Women’s League returns this weekend with the second round matches.Police Ladies managed a 1-0 victory over Soccer Intellectuals. In the other contest Rumanatu Tahiru scored to help Immigration Ladies to a 1-0 win against the division’s basement ladies, Ayola.last_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Blue Jays ‘not being offered top tier prospects’ for Marcus Stroman

first_img“I realized that it could possibly (have) been my last home start so definitely just wanted to show the crowd some love,” Stroman said about the game against Cleveland. “Because the last six, seven years that I’ve been a Blue Jay, it’s been unbelievable. I don’t know what’s going to happen here so I’m truly not trying to think about it, I’m just trying to take it day by day.”The Yankees, Phillies and Braves, among others, have been linked to potential deals for Stroman. MLB trade rumors: Giants unlikely to move Madison Bumgarner, could become buyers “Thought it could be my last outing here,” Stroman told The Star after the game. “I’ve always been emotional. I feel like I’ve had a pretty good tenure as a Blue Jay. Hopefully this will be my third year throwing 200 innings or more. I feel like I’ve pitched pretty well in the best division in baseball. There’s been no willingness from the front office to sign me, so I’ve just come to terms with it.”Stroman has received little run support and has a 6-11 record this season. But, he holds a 2.96 ERA and was named to his first All-Star team in early July. *real possibility— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) July 25, 2019As of Thursday, the team was “not being offered top tier prospects” for Stroman, according to Sportsnet.At the moment, the Blue Jays are not being offered top tier prospects for Marcus Stroman, according to a source. That could change prior to Wednesday.— Jamie Campbell (@SNETCampbell) July 25, 2019Stroman, who has spent his entire six-year career with the Blue Jays, has been at the center of trade rumors throughout the month. He allowed just one run and five hits over seven innings against the Indians on Wednesday in what could end up being his final start with Toronto if the team ultimately decides to send him elsewhere. Related News MLB trade rumors: Mets ‘fully intent on dealing’ Noah Syndergaard; Dodgers among teams interested The Blue Jays may end up holding onto Marcus Stroman.Toronto has told opposing teams it may not move the 28-year-old starter and could instead give him a contract extension, according to a report from SNY, which cites unidentified league sources. MLB trade rumors: Reds’ Yasiel Puig ‘strong candidate to be moved’ before deadlinelast_img read more

Wellington police notes: Friday, March 29, 2013

first_imgSaturday, March 30, 2013•2:19 a.m. Officers took a report of a domestic disturbance of known suspects in the 700 block. S. Jefferson, Wellington.•10:35 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block. S. G, Wellington.•9:48 p.m. Scott M. Kinley, 47, Derby, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in the 100 block. N. Haslet, Wellington. Wellington Police Notes for Friday, March 29, 2013•5:04 a.m. Officers investigated theft and criminal damage to property in the 1000 block. E. 16th, theft of computer and printer in Wellington. •10 a.m. Adam L. Queen, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with allowing two dogs to run at aarge.•10:14 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 800 block. E. 9th, Wellington.•10:31 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of money in the 1100 block. N. A, Wellington.•10:50 a.m. Officers took a report of found property of a ring in the 600 block. N. A, Wellington.•11:22 a.m. Officers investigated a theft by an unknown suspect of gasoline in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.•4:52 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of clothing in the 800 block. S. Jefferson, Wellington.•10:38 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property by a known suspect in the 1000 block of Shadylane in Wellington.•10:41 p.m. Officers took a report of a found purse in the 400 block. N. High, Wellington. Sunday, March 31, 2013•6:38 a.m. Terry L. Southard, 37, Wellington was arrested and charged with criminal threat in the 200 block. N. Blaine, Wellington. •3:05 p.m. Officers investigated domestic violence battery and criminal threat of a known suspect in the 1100 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•8:48 p.m. Jerrod M. Portenier, 31, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 400 block. Circle Drive, Wellington.•8:48 p.m. Jerrod M. Portenier, 31, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Lyon County Bench Warrant.last_img read more

Chilling Animation Depicts the Sinking of Titanic in Harrowing Real Time

first_imgThe sinking of the Titanic has now been brought to you in real time. The RMS Titanic was a British passenger ship that sank in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912 after it had struck a fateful iceberg during its maiden voyage. It had been travelling from Southampton to New York City with calls at Cherbourg, France and Cobh, Ireland (then known as Queenstown). There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, of which more than 1,500 died, making it modern history’s worst peacetime maritime disaster. The Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it was commissioned and entered into service but that didn’t mean everything had been taken into consideration. Titanic did have advanced safety features such as watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors, but regrettably it only carried enough lifeboats for 1,178 people – which was about half the number of passengers on board, and one third of its total capacity. This seemingly criminal oversight was due to outdated maritime safety regulations at the time. At 11:40pm ship time the Titanic struck an iceberg which opened up 5 of its 16 watertight compartments to the freezing sea. The ship could have only survived four of its compartments being filled. At 2:20am the ship split into two, leaving as many as a thousand people still on board.RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912.As if the thought of this was not enough, a video of the Titanic sinking has been made to shed light on the events that unfolded on that fateful day. The most notable aspect of the video is the amount of time it took for the gigantic liner to sink underwater, which was a lot longer than one may think.The animation video is the effort of Four Funnels Entertainment, a gaming company. The entire video is pretty long, two hours and 40 minutes long to be more precise, which depicts the sinking of the Titanic in a real-time .Animation showing the sequence of Titanic’s sinkingThe video was made as a marketing stunt for the company’s upcoming video game called Titanic: Honor and Glory. The game has very noble cause to educate the players about the horrific sinking of Titanic by bringing them closer to the events  took place during the disaster.The developers had one thing in mind while designing the game, that is to give the viewers a vivid experience of the sinking by fitting in as many historical facts as possible. The said video starts right from the moment the liner collides with the iceberg.Throughout the horrifically slow sinking, various captions appear on the video explaining the major events of the disaster. Some of the major events shown in the video are the launching and loading of the lifeboats, Titanic’s attempts to communicate with other ships, and the desperate attempts by the skipper of the liner Captain Smith along with his crew and passengers.Sinking of the TitanicIf you think watching James Cameron’s Titanic gave you chills, try this animation, and you will never forget the experience.The overall feel of the video is as if the viewer is riding on a massive drone that is observing the sinking of the liner. In the first few minutes Captain Smith can be heard shouting and giving emergency instructions to avoid the collision, but despite the measures the liner side-crashes into the iceberg and carries on seemingly intact. However, soon after this, the Titanic starts to sink.Related Article: Photographs Suggest Human Remains Could Still be Inside the TitanicThe narration reads that at one point that there are “still over 1500 people on board the Titanic”, meanwhile the horrifying screaming of the people on the liner can be heard. When Titanic eventually disappears under water, the caption reads that people who survived reported that they could still hear the sound of Titanic breaking even after it went underwater, and that help did not arrive for another hour and forty minutes.last_img read more