The diversity in the way of life continues in the landscapes as some people live
on small tropical islands where the nearest people or town are hours away by local
boats. These people are sometimes isolated and sometimes seek out the islands further
away, while others may never want to leave their home. In other locations mountains
are the typical landscape and these mountains can isolate the people in a similar
way, but with different scenery and challenges.
No matter the lifestyle or way of life in Indonesia, the people are united as one
nation and many of the people are also Muslim. While the people are of varying degrees
of orthodoxy for many people Friday evenings are time for prayer. For some prayer
is a requirement five times a day, making religion a central pillar in their lives,
while for others prayers, even Friday prayers are rarely observed as Islam does
little to alter the way of life.
The people of Indonesia only identify as Indonesian on
the international level; at home they almost always identify by the island they
come from or their ethnicity, of which Indonesia has hundreds. Each island and ethnicity
has differing foods, languages, architecture, dress, and more. As many people are
proud of their home island or ethnicity, the differences in these foods and architecture
are often times magnified and quite pronounced. Although the people of Indonesia
are also united in many ways, most notably in terms of citizenship and religion
(most of the people are Muslim), it is generally home island, ethnicity, and language
that define what it means to be a member of each individual identity.