Taqiyah And Bajaj

Men wearing a Taqiyah in Jakarta
Shot in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

Men wearing a Taqiyah stood beside each Bajaj

When I came to the intersection, some Bajaj were stopped again. There are many taxis called Bajaj on the streets of Jakarta. Although the city's transportation network such as buses seems to be well developed, locals still take Bajaj on and off.

Each man stood beside Bajaj, both staring at me as I walked carefreely. Still, both men never spoke to me. Foreign tourists didn't seem to be recognized as customers. Maybe they don't like letting guests who don't speak their language on board.

Both men were wearing a bowl-shaped cap. It was a cap called Taqiyah that Muslims wear. When I think of caps worn in Indonesia, I think of Sonko, but they are also people wearing Taquiya here. I don't know how the locals use it differently. But in any case, I can't help but feel that my head gets stuffy when I wear a cap in this hot country.

Probably, the locals get into the habit of going out with a cap on regardless of whether it's hot or cold. It's becoming a habit for me to wear a mask when I go out in Japan these days.


What is Taqiyah?

The taqiyah or araqchin, is a short, rounded skullcap. They are often worn for religious purposes; for example, Muslims believe that the Islamic prophet Muhammad used to keep his head covered, therefore making it mustahabb (i.e., it is commendable to cover the head in order to emulate him). Muslim men often wear them during the five daily prayers. When worn by itself, the taqiyah can be any color. However, particularly in Arab countries, when worn under the keffiyeh headscarf, they are kept in a traditional white.

Where is Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

July 18, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography





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