A huge number, namely the overwhelming majority of Indonesians profess the Muslim faith. Indonesia ranks first in the whole world in the number of followers of the Islamic faith (135 million people). But Islam is not the state religion of Indonesia as such, and it is also not so much orthodox in comparison with its neighbor - Malaysia.
For Indonesians, the main value is money and, of course, health. Together with health, all Indonesians, as a rule, desire enormous material incomes.
Without exception, all Indonesians are very fond of all kinds of jewelry, gold and diamonds. Well-to-do and wealthy old people all walk around with gold teeth inserted.
Indonesians have a lot of children, and they love them to the point of unconsciousness. There is a popular Indonesian proverb that says, "If you have a lot of children, you will have enough income." It means that when the children become adults and earn their own living, they will immediately begin to help their parents.
Indonesians are very fond of various kinds of holidays. The main family celebration for Indonesians is the wedding. Indonesians have no idea about the elements of wedding and living together. Children of divorced parents mostly stay with their grandparents, and widows again quickly marry other men.
Despite the fact that a huge number of the population of Indonesia is mainly Muslim, and the Islamic religion at the same time allows you to have many wives at the same time, but this is provided that each of the families will be provided with separate housing, as well as a certain type of content, but with all polygamy is not a very common occurrence in Indonesia.
Unlike a huge number of Muslim countries, Indonesian women can officially enjoy equal rights with Indonesian men. And at the same time, it is not uncommon for a woman to be the head of the family.
Indonesians live very amicably, in huge families of 11-16 people, and this not only applies to villages, but also to large cities. Grandparents are sure to be present at any type of celebrations and picnic trips out of town. They are always given the most honorable places.
During fairly large and important religious holidays, no matter what person occupies a high position, close to the minister or even the head - the president of the country, he always pays a visit to his parents, thanks them for his upbringing and asks for blessings, kneeling before them. In their elders and parents, first of all, Indonesians value experience and knowledge.
A wonderful and wonderful trait of Indonesians is sobriety, although Western "friends and comrades" tried to instill in them a love of alcoholic beverages, yet a huge number of Indonesians prefer tea, coffee and, in extreme cases, beer to very strong alcoholic beverages. Some other peoples in Indonesia, but not Muslims, drink alcohol more often.
The only nationality in Indonesia, which from the earliest times has been popular with a very alcoholic drink made from vodka, called "enau" are Bataki.
Gambling in Indonesia is very widespread. A typical picture: young guys playing cards for money right on the street. All sorts of bets in cockfighting, kite flying, grasshopper competitions and angry bull races are quite common.
In Indonesia, houses stand close to each other and differ only in roofs: each house has its own roof - in villages it is often made of reeds, rice straw, and sago palm leaves, but in large cities the roofs are mostly tiled.
The roof of a house is, as a rule, a measure of the wealth of the person living under it. There are no windows in rural houses, they are replaced in the camps of the gap. The dwellings are in semi-darkness on a permanent basis.
The most favorite pastime among Indonesians, and especially among those who are quite wealthy, is to sit down in the evenings, crossing their arms on their stomachs, wiggling their big toes or scratching their heels, very rarely from this "exciting" activity, breaking away from this "fascinating" activity to drink tea or coffee ...
They sit, fixing their gaze on the sky, admiring the sunset at the same time, and in the tropics there is just a magical and gorgeous picture of the sunset. There is no twilight here, and the range of colors is incredibly rich.
Indonesians very rarely swear, in their native language there are practically no offensive and offensive words. The most abusive words in Indonesia are: pig, monkey, bug.
The Indonesians do not have surnames, the only exceptions are the names of all kinds of clans among the Bataks and other peoples. Well, there are a lot of names. Together with Muslim names, the number of which is myriad, there are many local names, primarily Javanese.
When a child is born, he may be given several specific names, and this will, as a rule, depend only on the situation of the parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers. But, in everyday life, they mostly use abbreviated names. If a woman gets married, then she must add the name of her husband to her own name, and put the official address "mother" before the name.
So, for example, after marrying Kambang, she is called "ibu" Kambanga, which means Kambang's mother, but in fact it is not his mother, but his wife, and therefore a huge number of foreign citizens are often confused.
A characteristic feature of the Indonesians is a tremendous fondness for the attributes and ceremonies of state power. They really enjoy taking part in various ceremonies, events, and also performing at them.