Today we can hear so many news on television about our national heritage which are stolen by other country. We can search on google with the keyword “mencuri kebudayaan” and there are more than a million result in less than a second. It proved that there were bunch of people find the information about it. What kind of national heritage which is stolen by that country? Why are they steal our national heritages? And how to solve this case?
Our national heritages is not only tangible heritages like Candi Borobudur or Taman Nasional Komodo, but we also have so many Intangible cultural heritages which is manifested through these points below:
1. Oral traditions and expressions (including Language).
e.g., Bahasa Jawa, Bahasa Sunda, Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Madura, Bahasa Padang, etcetera.
2. Performing arts (such as traditional music, dance and theatre)
e.g., Gamelan (from Center Java, East Java and Bali), Tari Pendet (from Bali), Lenong (from Jakarta, Indonesia), etcetera.
3. Social practices, rituals and festive events
e.g., Ngaben, Siraman, etcetera.
4. Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
e.g., Memproduksi, mendistribusi dan mengkonsumsi Jamu (traditional herbal medicine), etcetera.
5. Knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts
e.g., Menganyam, Menenun, Membatik, etcetera.
Based on the information that i get, there are so many Indonesian intangible heritages were stolen by another country. Reog Ponorogo (traditional theater from East Java), Angklung (traditional music instrument from West Java), Pendet (traditional dance from Bali), Kuda Lumping (Traditional dance from Java), Keris (traditional weapon from Java), Rasa Sayange (folk song from Maluku) are just a few examples of our tangible heritages that are stolen by another country.
I myself do not know the reason why they steal our national heritages. Some of my friends said that it is because of that country is just envy with our country which is rich in culture. I just do not care about the reason why they rape our cultural heritages arbitrarily. For me, it is just our fault. Why are we not protect our culture? Why are we not promote our culture to the world? Why are we not registered all of our heritages to UNESCO?
To solve this serious case, we should do this steps:
1. We must know our country, our history, our culture, and our national heritages.
2. We must love it. If we do not love it, we will never have a passion to protect it.
3. Protect it and preserve it!
4. Promote it!
5. Patent it!
5. Patent it!
6. Be proud of it.
And for other countries, please do not rape our national heritages.
A respectable country is a country that respect other countries in every aspect.