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Top 10 Interesting Facts about Indonesia

1. The name “Indonesia” is derived from the Latin word Indus meaning “Indian” and the Greek word nesos meaning “island.” Indonesia was originally called Indian Archipelago or East Indies Islands.

2. Indonesia is the largest country comprised solely of islands. 17,800 islands make up Indonesia half of which do not even have a name yet! There are also over 400 active volcanoes in Indonesia which is more than anywhere else in the world.

3. It is home to the largest lizard on Earth, the Komodo dragon, which can grow up to 3 meters long.

4. In Indonesia coffins are often nailed to rocks along mountainsides. It is believed that the mountains are the most suitable place for the funeral because they are stairs between the earthly and heavenly worlds!

5. In Indonesia, kissing is referred to as cium (“to sniff”). Most Indonesians kiss by sniffing each other’s cheeks, by way of standard greeting. In some places in Indonesia, people also rub noses among family to show affection!

6. Almost everyone in Bali has had their teeth filed down. This practice is rooted in the belief that the six main vices—anger, confusion, jealousy, drunkenness, desire, and greed—all enter the body through the top six teeth. So, by filing away their teeth the vices are prevented.

7. Indonesia is home to the adorable nocturnal primate, the Tarsier. Found in the Sulawesi island the Tarsier have eyes are famous for their massive eyes that are literally as big as their stomachs and heads that rotate 360.

8. Indonesia is the worlds leading exporter of frogs legs, with Europe importing 4,600 tons annually!

9. It is thought to be unlucky for baby’s feet touch the ground for the first six months of their life and so babies are passed from adult to adult instead. This stems from a Balinese Hindu superstition warning that the devil can enter the child through their feet.

10. The word “ketchup” in English comes from the Indonesian word kecap, which is a sweet soy sauce.

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