is made up of some 17,000 islands. Its people are known for being exceptionally friendly, patient, polite, and hospitable.
Meals in Indonesia normally include rice along with other dishes
Indonesians love art, dance, and music. The anklong is a typical Indonesian instrument; it consists of bamboo pipes loosely mounted in a frame. The pipes are tuned to produce a particular note or chord when rattled. To play a tune, a number of players must cooperate, each shaking his anklong at the right time.
Until the 15th century C.E., Indonesia was largely influenced by Hinduism and then Buddhism. By the 16th century, Islam gained a foothold in Indonesian culture. Europeans seeking spices arrived in the 16th century, and with them came the religions of Christendom.