The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Indonesia Uneasy About ‘Sex Mountain’

    And we thought Space Mountain was exciting. Gunung Kemukus is a hill on the island of Java where pilgrims travel every 35 days to have sex with strangers as part of an ancient rite thought to conjure good fortune. It’s embarrassing for the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, so five centuries of sex-pilgrimage tradition be damned, the regional governor has banned the practice out of concern for Indonesia’s international reputation. Others would preserve the carnal custom, arguing that globalization is eroding indigenous ways.


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