Friday, March 8, 2013

A Weekend With Hanacaraka

Hana caraka >> There (were) two messengers
Data sawala >> (They) had animosity (among each other)
Padha jayanya >> (They were) equally powerful (in fight)
Maga bathanga >> Here are the corpses

When I was a kid, D and my paternal grandma often put me to bed with bedtime stories, which mostly consist of folklores, the biography of Prophet Muhammad and other prophets and sometimes, they even made up the stories themselves.

One of the folklores was about the story of the Javanese alphabet Hanacaraka. Here is the story. Not really sure if I got the names right, though. Let me know if I made mistakes through the comment box. 

Once upon a time, there was a knight called Aji Saka. He had two emissaries, Dora and Sembada. He took Dora along with him for the journey and left Sembada in a particular place to guard his heirloom. He also ordered Sembada to never hand over the stuff to other people but himself.

During the journey, Aji Saka killed a bad and mean king and became the new king in the kingdom. He assigned Dora to pick up Sembada and the heirloom, forgetting the oath of honor Sembada had taken to guard the heirloom.

When Dora asked Sembada to come and bring the heirloom with him, Sembada refused, saying that the only person who could take the heirloom from that place was Aji Saka himself. He told Dora to go back and bring Aji Saka. Now, being a faithful emissary, Dora also refused to go back empty handed. And so, they fought to death.

When Aji Saka remembered of Sembada's oath, he hastily went to the place, but it was too late. Both Dora and Sembada died, defending their master's order. Aji Saka buried the two emissaries side by side and wrote the alphabet.  

So, why am I telling you this folklore? Because of this...

Dance performance: Hanacaraka (There Are Emissaries). March 9 at 8 p.m. Salihara Theater. Jl. Salihara No. 16, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta. Information:

Other events this weekend are:
-- Screening and Discussion: Sejarah adalah Sekarang 7 (History is Now 7). National Film Month. March 1-31. Kineforum, behind Galeri Cipta 3 Taman Ismail Marzuki (Friday-Sunday), Studio I TIM XXI March 18-31 (Monday-Sunday). Open to public.
-- Exhibition: The 19th Mega Bazaar Computer 2013. Until March 10. Jakarta Convention Center.

Have an amazing weekend:).

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