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  • From animist Papuan highlanders wanting to protect their right to wear "koteka" gourds on their penises, to Hindu Balinese opera dancers worried about their shoulder-showing outfits, and Christian Minahasa people from North Sulawesi fearing an intrusion of Islamic values -- many people across Indonesia's cultural and religious melting pot want the law scrapped.


  • Campaigns by the Indonesian government to suppress the koteka in Papua occurred in the 1970s.

    Merkins and Kotekas and Codpieces, Oh My!

  • Contrary to Western belief the size and shape of a koteka are not indicative of anything other than practicality and situation.

    Merkins and Kotekas and Codpieces, Oh My!

  • In remote corners of the mountainous interior, local women still wear only grass skirts and men go naked except for a traditional koteka, a decorative gourd to cover the penis.

    Digging For Trouble

  • There seemed to be little doubt this could be applied to the koteka, a hollowed-out gourd attached to the scrotum and the traditional dress of the tribesmen of the Papuan highlands. | Top Stories

  • No mention of individual dances or costumes -- such as the sexy "jaipong" dance of west Java or the koteka penis gourd worn by Papuan men -- is made in the articles of the law, which was passed by parliament in October, 2008.

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  • The kris was such a big deal that some years ago when the son of a former Malaysian prime minister and UMNO big shot wanted to establish Malay supremacy over the other Malaysian races he waved it around more vigorously than a koteka would be rattled in a tribal dance.

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  • Just to show you what an exaggeration looks like (although it actually isn't one): I wonder how many seconds a man would be allowed to in a public place, wearing a koteka.

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  • The koteka, horim, or penis sheath is a phallocrypt or phallocarp traditionally worn by native male inhabitants of some (mainly highland) ethnic groups in western New Guinea to cover their genitals.

    June 23, 2008