Baby Traditions


Circumcision / Khitanan

According to Islamic customs in Indonesia, boys are circumcised (sunat or Khitan) while they are still young. The boys we know of who have gone through the ritual have been between 5 – 11 years old.

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Cultural Beliefs Concerning a Newborn Baby

P. showing a “gelang tangkal,” which is tied on the wrist of Diga (name of the baby).

The below information was obtained from Mr. Ahmad (Bapak Ahmad), who is 74 years old. Mr. Ahmad resides on the north side of the Batang Hari River, north of the City of Jambi, in the village named “Jambi Kecil.” The below information was further confirmed and reconfirmed by several more families that were interviewed, to ensure information was accurately noted.

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