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Serat Centhini, a well known ancient Java literature

Written by eastern writer on Thursday, May 01, 2008

Serat Centhini is a name of a well known ancient Java literature. A National Cultural Heritage, 12 volume named as an Ancient Java Encyclopedia, about 6000 pages, not explored yet. Originally wrote in Ancient Java letters and language, presented in a
poetics style, and at the time rode with a certain rhythm like a song.

The original 12 volume was mysteriously unknown where is its place right now, but only its copy (a hand re-writing at about 1800 ) kept somewhere outside of Indonesia, when colonialism era at the time.

Wrote in 1742 by The Prince of Soerakarta Kingdom, at the time, later crowned as His Excellency The King Pakoeboewono The V th, with a team of three best kingdom writer at the time.

Its contents include science of Medicine, Architecture, Sufism, Mysticism, History, Literature, Romance ( some very Vulgar), Agriculture, Forestry, Astronomy, etc., packed as a literature of a legendary adventure wandering of knights and their followers.

Some was translated to Indonesia Language (Bahasa Indonesia) for Volume I, II, III, but stopped because the translator not supported by market. Also founded (2008) the resume of the Serat Centhini, but seem like a summary, which did not show its beautifully legend as a literature.

Not supported by Market, that is the real problem. Hopefully someday later the Government, and / or UN / UNESCO will be aware of its mission as an inheritance of mankind.

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  1. 5 komentar: Responses to “ Serat Centhini, a well known ancient Java literature ”

  2. By Marc on October 16, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    hello,
    do you have any knowledge regarding the wayang (especially the wayang kulit) in the Serat Centhini?
    Is there anywere a source to get a copy of the translated parts?

    I ask this because, I´m writing an article about the wayang kulit and I want to understand a little bit more about the sources of the early wayang kulit performances and stories in java.

    Thanks for any help,
    Marc from germany

  3. By admin on October 24, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    hello mark, i recommend you to contact mr Siswo Harsono. He know much about javanese wayang. He've just released his new book about contemporary wayang "Lakonet" in four language: Indonesian, Javanese, Sundanese, and English. You can visit his blog lakonet.com or contact him via email: siswo.harsono@gmail.com. Tell him if you know his contact from me, Udin, his "naughty" student.

  4. By Fiammetta on May 3, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    Hi, I see your post about Serat Centhini. You named this work is a "well known ancient Java literature". I don't know exactly what time this word was created!? 19th century or older? Can you write more about its age?!
    And I have a question, hope you help me answer it! Serat Centhini is a work with frame story form, isn't it?
    Thank a lot

    Fiammetta

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