Gods, Myths and Vulcanoes

This series embarks on a journey of discovery of the Indonesian archipelago, a unique natural habitat with a diversity of cultures that includes the roots of original, human culture, including hunter-gatherers, coastal and mountain dwellers, early garden culture as well as the complex Javanese high culture and modern Jakarta with its 30 million inhabitants.


Bromo Vulcano

Bromo Volcano is one of the last enclaves of the ancient Hindu culture of Java: the Tenggerese people. One of their temples is located in the caldera of the volcano.
Bromo is one of the most scenic volcanoes in Indonesia.

Ijan Vulcano

At night the lava glows bluish; during the day, sulfur is mined by primitive means. Ijan Volcano is one of the most spectacular volcanoes.

Merapi Vulcano

To this day, the officials of the royal court of Yogjakarta offer sacrifices to appease the volcano. An invisible kingdom on top of the volcano is said to protect the surrounding inhabitants.


Agung Vulcano

This sacred mountain is the center of faith. Everything points towards the volcano – every street, every village, every farm, every bed, even in everyday language. According to ancient tradition, there are no cardinal points, only mountainwards and seawards – either facing the sacred mountain or the demonic forces of the sea. This episode vividly illustrates the complex Balinese culture.

Vulcano Batur

Dwelling in the caldera of a prehistoric giant volcano, the Bali Aga people worship a great Mother Earth. These people have animistic roots that predate the arrival of Hinduism in Bali. Until recently, their isolated villages were located on a lake and were accessible only by boat. Many rites remain secret, but visitors may visit their burial grounds displaying skulls and the altar of the Earth Goddess, the giver and taker of life.


Vulkan Kelimutu

A monolithic culture at the foot of the volcanoes. According to ancient beliefs, the souls of the dead live in the volcanoes. Apparently, the volcanic lakes of Kelimutu change their color when the souls of the ancestors are disturbed. Traditional fights with braided shields date back to ancient common roots among the indigenous people of many Indonesian islands.

Flores has a variety of languages and ethnicities, including unique matriarchies such as the Ngada or the egalitarian society of the Manggarai with their circular rice fields.


Rinjani Vilcano

Only  100 years ago, travelers reported that the dead are kept in the center of a hut – an ancient tradition of the Indonesian archipelago. The traditional stories surrounding the volcano tell of a mythical royal family in competition with the neighboring island of Bali.

(c) concept by Joo Peter




Gods, Myths and Volcanoes

global version


Pele – Hawaii – Goddess Pele

Agung – Bali – Holy Center of Bali Cosmos

Hekla – Island – Gate to Hell

El Misti – Pero – In Honor of  Pachamama

Aso – Japan – Goddess of the Sun

Fuji – Holy Mountain

Mount Taranaki – New Zealand – a Maori God in Love 

Popocatepetl – Mexiko – Mythical King of the capitol

Ätna – Italien –  Fire God Hephaistos

Mayon – Phillipinen, Princess Magayon

Ol Doinyo Lengai  – Tansania, God of the  Massai