Monday, 26 April 2021
The coast is the world to be viewed, with curiosity and wonder, from a distance—from the outside.
Nenek moyangku seorang pelaut
gemar mengarung samudra luas
My ancestors were sailors
sailing the oceans wide
…as the children’s song goes. But the sea is mute in traditional narratives of some of Indonesia’s inhabitants.
Javanese wayang (shadow puppet) performances begin and end not with the sea, but with the gunungan, the two dimensional cone-shaped puppet decorated with trees and forest animals. If what it re...
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