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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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‘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.
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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.
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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.
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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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