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Religious Based Greetings

Do you think religious based greetings should be included or excluded in this course and why?

Personally I feel that they should get their own lesson and not be incorporated into standard greetings as is the case now. Because they get used in specific settings and aren't as commonly used as the other greetings (selamat pagi/siang/sore/malam, halo, ..).

Some examples of religious greetings:

Assalamualaikum - Muslim

Om swastiastu - Hindu

Namo Buddhaya - Buddhist

August 19, 2018



I personally think that some greetings need to be included. Like Assalamualaikum - it's like already a part of Indonesians' life. Even though I'm not a Moslem, this is somehow required to foreigners to know if they come to Indonesia.

Other religious greetings are rarely used. For Namo Buddhaya, it is rarely encountered, and is found usually at the monasteries or some Buddhist festivals.

Probably they should be in the "spiritual" lesson, I don't know.


I agree that it would be a good idea that religion - the same as politics, science and all the other convictions - get its own lesson, rather than being thrown in with the rest of the things.

It can cause offense to greet a die-hard Muslim as a Christian Bule using these words instead of a formal "hello" - some people take it pretty serious.

I'd also like to leave a comment here about the difference between a newspaper and Quran in the Indonesian language beta.

It might be confusing to think that Koran is both newspaper and Koran, rather than Koran being a newspaper and Al Koran being the Quran.

Might be useful if this is noted - and lend another point to the argument that religion could do with its own lesson rather than be mashed into the rest.


Good question. I think I agree that common religious sayings should be taught in a lesson of their own, but in a very early lesson. It's very useful to know things like Alhamdulilah, Wa'alaikum salam and Insya'allah in most parts of Indonesia, but they are not all greetings and it's important to know they are religious rather than secular things to say.

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