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gotong royong...

indonesia01Gotong royong is a time honoured tradition in Indonesia and parts of Malaysia. It means helping each other out, doing each other favours, fostering a sense of community spirit and communal bonding.

"Gotong royong as a joint bearing of burdens, an enormous inventory of highly specific and often quite intricate institutions for effecting the cooperation in work, politics, and personal relations alikeā€¦" Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures.

Tolong-menolong translates as 'reciprocal assistance', and defines the social hierarchy that governs how people interact with each other. Know your place, in other words.