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The Story of `Gatutkaca Luweng’

March 30th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Following is a synopsis of the Gatutkaca Luweng drama, which the Wayang Wong Bharata performed on Jan. 5, 2008, from 8:30-11:15 p.m. at their home theater:


Ampel Mosque: Surabaya, East Java

October 26th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

mini-ampel-mosque-surabaya.jpgAmpel Mosque is believed to be the oldest in the country. Its founder, Sunan Ampel (otherwise known as Raden Ahmad Rachmatulloh), was one of nine figures who played a leading role in spreading Islam across Java. Sunan Ampel was born in 1401 in Champa, Cambodia. He is a descendant of Ibrahim Asmarakandi, or Maulana Malik Ibrahim, a Champa ruler. When he was 20 years old, Sunan Ampel moved to Surabaya in East Java, which was then ruled by Raja Brawijaya, a Majapahit king.


The Panji Legends

September 25th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The Mahabharata and Ramayana Indian epics are reasonably familiar to literati in the West where they’ve been infrequently performed. The Panji legends, once well-known throughout Southeast Asia, are now foreign outside Java — and to much of the present generation of Indonesians who prefer TV to live theater.


The Performance of Calon Arang: Indonesia

December 12th, 2006 | Username By Wombat | Comments 1 Comment »

I noticed on my travels in the archipelago recently there was much emphasis in the media on a production of Calon Arang – a legend of Indonesia and adopted as sacred by the Balinese.

Kawah Ijen Curse: East Java, Indonesia

September 7th, 2006 | Username By Wombat | Comments 1 Comment »

Renowned writer and award-winning journalist Duncan Graham of Indonesia Now wrote a fabulous article in the Jakarta Post recently about the fabled curse of Kawah Ijen.

Bandung Bondowoso: Central Java, Indonesia

June 22nd, 2006 | Username By Wombat | Comments 5 Comments »

Prior to the creation of Sewu Temple in Prambanan, legend has it, there lived a man called Bandung Bondowoso, who, with his supernatural powers, created 1,000 temples overnight.

‘Smong’ Legend Becomes a Lifesaver: Sumatra, Indonesia

June 4th, 2006 | Username By Wombat | Comments No Comments »

While the Indonesian language does not possess a word for “tsunami” and therefore uses the Japanese expression, Simeulue language has a specific term for a tidal wave: smong.

The Secret of Dewaruci: Central Java, Indonesia

May 28th, 2006 | Username By Wombat | Comments 1 Comment »

As it has been told that wayang (shadow puppet show) represents a mirror of Javanese. The Dewaruci is a genuine Javanese story, describing the harmonious relation between servant and Lord, represented by Bima or Arya Werkudara and Dewaruci.

PKK Leader Pioneer of Environmental Change: Jakarta, Indonesia

May 26th, 2006 | Username By Wombat | Comments No Comments »

Ibu Nuryanto is the chairperson for the family welfare movement in Kampung Rawajati, Jakarta. Through her efforts, she has received numerous awards and particularly on environmental change.

Kingdom of Gua Kiskenda: Java, Indonesia

May 19th, 2006 | Username By Wombat | Comments 1 Comment »

Resi Gotama, the son of Dewatama was a respected and sakti (having strong supernatural power) hermit from an abode (Padepokan) in the mountain of Sukendra.

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