Indonesia in Focus
The kingdom of West Java has some beautiful folktales and one that is magical is that of Telaga Warna. Renny Yaniar has translated this superb folktale.
Legends and Folktales make up a fair part of a culture giving it mystery and intrigue. In the archipelago of Indonesia, legends and folktales abound. Renny Yaniar has found some beautiful folktales in Central Java and translated them.
A great legend in Indonesia is that of Panji. It forms the background for Wayang Kulit and drama forms both in Java as well as Bali. Panji was the great Indonesian hero.
Today is Shivaratri, a day of purification for Hindus. Here is a short history of Shivaratri.
The Sudanese of West Java have many interesting myths and legends. One of these is Sang Kuriang and the mighty king of the Galuh Kingdom.
The culture of the Sudanese people, Tali Paranti, in West Java is unique and significant. Their daily lives revolve around this. They include the elements of the underworld and, in all the ceremonies, Dewi Sri holds the vital position.
The epic tale of the Mahabharata is a compelling ‘legend’ and trying to find a decent version that has not had chunks left out was hard. I found the complete version courtesy of joglosemar.org, and, although long, it is a magnificent story.
The domain of Nyi Loro Kidul, the legendary queen of the South Seas, is Parangtritis in Central Java. Her hair is green and full of shells and seaweed, and, she holds court over sea nymphs and other creatures of the deep. She is venerated and feared by the Javanese. In fact, they never wear the colour green when entering the sea for fear of offending Nyi Loro Kidul whose hair is green!.
In Java there are a multitude of myths and legends. The Sudanese in particular have some fascinating legends and none more fascinating that of Dewi Sri. If one wonders about the beginning of padi and how the earth was first organized, the Sundanese have all the stories.
One of the group had a copy of Rough Guide’s ‘Bali’ and I flicked through it the other day and came across this fascinating legend.
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