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It is just over a century since the first manuscript of "Desawarnana" (also known as the "Nagarakrtagama") was rescued from the sack of the palace at Cakranagara in Lombok. Once its importance for Javanese history was recognized, its place was assured: our picture of the greatness of the Javanese kingdom of Majapahit in the second half of the 14th century is based largely ...more
Paperback, Verhandelingen Van Het Koninklijk Instituut Voor Taal-, Land- En Volkenkunde, 169, 166 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Brill
(first published 1365)
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Mar 05, 2014 Kelly rated it liked it
I realized that there is absolutely no reason for anyone other than an academic to read this poem, which is, essentially, a catalogue of place-names with brief descriptive interludes. It makes it a wonderful resource for anyone who is trying to reconstruct the history and geography of medieval Java in painstaking detail, but not a very enjoyable reading experience. It's not even a very well-written poem, which the academics are keen to acknowledge, though it is formally quite interesting (each s ...more
Written by Javanese court scribe Mpu Prapanca in the 14th century, this is an excellent reference point to life in Majapahit court life. A treasured find at the International Congress of Asian Folklores III in Yogjakarta.