Raising Chickens in Jambi

coop

328 Foot Long Chicken Coop

During a recent journey around the Jambi Province we happened upon a chicken farm close to the Village of Bajubang Darat. This farm is managed by Pak (Mr.) Abdul Rahmat and his wife Ibu (Mrs.) Wati.

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Centipede

This is a picture of the largest centipede we’ve ever seen. It was a little over 8″ long.

Here in Indonesia they are called kaki seribu (1,000 feet). From the picture we took, we estimate it to have around 300 feet. Wikipedia says the number of feet they have averages from 20 to over 300 feet, depending on the type of centipede.

Same centipede as in the picture on the left. When touched with a stick, they roll up.

Same centipede as in the picture on the left. When touched with a stick they roll up.

Picture Taken March 23, 2013Centipede found along the bank of the Tabir River in the Merangin Regency of the Jambi Province, Indonesia.

Picture Taken March 23, 2013
Centipede found along the bank of the Tabir River in the Merangin Regency of the Jambi Province, Indonesia.

Glimpse of Scenery and People

Below are some pictures we took and a video we made of

the scenery and people that can be seen on the eastern side of the mountain range in the western portion of the

Jambi Province of Indonesia.

Water buffalo grazing in front of an irrigation water wheel (kincir air).

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This is our translation of a legend from the Jambi Province.

Kotajayo

Kota Jayo is a village located in the Tanah Tumbuh Kecamatan (county) of the Murara Bungo Kabupaten (region) of the Jambi Province.  This is one legend from that village, and though it’s quite interesting, its origin is uncertain, because the people in that village have never heard of it.

You can read the 53 (or more) Jambi legends that we’ve translated by clicking this link.

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Member of the JBD Squad in Muara Bungo

Member of the JBD Squad in Muara Bungo.

JBD Squad

(Jasa Bunda Dance Squad)

During a recent visit to Muara Bungo we spent a leisurely evening at a local park named Taman Pusparagam. The park was previously a soccer field, and at that time it was called Taman Semagor. Though the park is no longer a soccer field, and the name was changed, most of the people in the city still refer to the park by its former name—Taman Semagor.

The park has four rock climbing walls, one huge inflatable attraction for children, as well as a small train. Surrounding the park are numerous food vendors which sell a wide assortment of traditional Indonesian food.

Break Dancing

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Blood Suckers

Chet's muddy foot with a leech on it. This was taken after 3 hours of walking through the jungle.

Picture taken March 24, 2013
Chet’s muddy foot with a leech on it. This was taken after 3 hours of walking through the jungle.

Yes, Jambi is inundated with leeches, as well as small worms which do the same thing… suck blood. They refer to the larger leeches as lintah, and the very small worms as pacet, or pacat.

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Masuk Angin

A Uniquely Asian Sickness

Marks left on the body after the cups were removed. Not all cupping looks this serious.

These are marks left on a body after a cupping procedure.
Bloodletting / cupping is believed to be helpful in removing harmful wind which has entered the body.

Throughout Indonesia, among every ethnic group, religion, and social economic group, Indonesians have a strong belief in the sickness they call masuk angin (wind enter), and they take great precautions to prevent it. Masuk angin has been described by some as a type of sickness that covers about every type of vague ache, pain, fever, cold, etc., that there is.

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