goodmorningpapua.com – West Papua province people is in large Protestant, followed by Muslims and a small number of Catholics. These Muslims and Christians have lived in harmony side by side since the period before the independence of the Republic of Indonesia on August 17, 1945.
It is the history that has made the bonds of harmony between religious communities in West Papua always well maintained. In addition, local wisdom known as ‘Satu Tungku Tiga Batu’ [One Stove Three Stones] is also the principle of religious harmony in West Papua.
However, those religious and community leaders in West Papua still have to maintain harmony by means of their own roles, duties and responsibilities.
For this reason, they hope that the central and regional governments can synergize with religious leaders in order to maintain religious harmony.
A Deputy Chairperson of the West Papua Religious Harmony Forum (FKUB), Ustadz Ahmad Nausrau, said that actually good inter-religious harmony in West Papua is not something new. The harmony that is well established has been exemplified by the ancestors or previous people.
On February 5, 1885, Sultan Tidore brought two missionaries from the Netherlands and Germany to Mansinam Island, Manokwari Regency, West Papua Province. The two missionaries were Reverends Carl Wilhelm Ottow and Johann Gottlob Geissler.
He said that the two missionaries were facilitated and provided a boat to take them to Mansinam Island. Even, the head of the Tidore Sultanate brought the two missionaries safely to the Island. That history is the basis for the spread of Christianity in Papua.
As stated by him, it is possible that without the assistance of the Sultan of Tidore, in Papua, Christianity will not develop rapidly. Looking at this history, it can be concluded that inter-religious harmony in Papua has existed since the Indonesian State was not yet established.
He said that in the Fakfak and Kaimana regencies, there is local wisdom which is the foundation of harmony in West Papua, namely ‘One Stove Three Stones’ as a philosophy of harmony that is well established in the land of West Papua.
This local wisdom symbolizes religious harmony in West Papua, including Islam, Protestantism and Catholicism. Therefore, in one family or one clan it is customary to consist of Muslims, Protestants, and Catholics. So it is likened to one stove, three stones.
The inter-religious harmony built in West Papua is harmony that is built on a strong kinship foundation within a clan. This is the basis for harmony in West Papua, which is more well and strongly established than of the other regions.