Thursday, October 28, 2010

Triple Disaster Hits Indonesia

     Our friend Tikno lives in Indonesia, which has suffered a 7.7 magnitude seaquake, tsunami, and volcano eruption in the space of a few hours. Two of the many articles about the events there are in The New York Times and The Straits Times of Singapore. We wish Tikno and his countrymen all the best.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your attention.

    Mbah Maridjan (gatekeeper of mount Merapi) got a mandate from Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX, the ninth Sultan of Sultanate of Yogyakarta (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Sultan_Hamengkubuwono_IX) to keep the mount Merapi. He comprehend these command as an order to not leave Kinahrejo, the highest village on the slopes of Merapi, which is 4 km from the mountain peak. Mbah Maridjan believes that the mandate has not been revoked and still valid. He believes though Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX had died, Sultan can visit anytime through dreams to mbah Maridjan if he want to revoke his mandate.

    Difficult to understand? Yes, me too. But that's the real story - a form of absolute loyalty to the Sultan in the past that ultimately rarely found in the modern century.

    Police should be able to evacuate them by force for the sake of their life. Maybe this is a struggle between traditional cultural beliefs (absolute loyalty, I think) and management of the modern state.

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