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Pakubuwana X

(914 words)

Author(s): Florida, Nancy
Born Radèn Mas Gusti Sayidin Malikul Kusna in 1866, I. S. K. S. (Ingkang Sinuhun Kangjeng Susuhunan) Pakubuwana (Pakubuwono) X ruled the Keraton (kingdom or palace) of Surakarta, in what is now Central Java, Indonesia, from 1893 until his death in 1939. His full title was Sampéyan Dalem Ingkang Sinuhun Kangjeng Susuhunan Pakubuwana Sénapati ing Ngalaga Ngabdurrahman Sayidin Panatagama ingkang kaping Sadasa (“His Majesty, the Most Revered King, Axis of the Cosmos, Commander in the Battlefield, Servant of the Most G…
Date: 2023-01-04

Kalatidha, Serat

(472 words)

Author(s): Florida, Nancy
Serat Kalatidha (“The time of darkness/troubles”) is amongst the most celebrated of Javanese poems. This twelve-stanza (108-line) poem was composed in sung verse by the renowned author R. Ng Ronggawarsita (d. 1873), court poet of the Kraton Surakarta, the royal palace of the Central Javanese kingdom of Surakarta. It is generally accepted that Ronggawarsita wrote the poem in 1873, shortly before his death. Often taken as a prophecy, the work is both a critical commentary on the state of society an…
Date: 2021-07-19