dinsdag 21 oktober 2008


A painting depicting a Javanese aristocratic beatiful Kanjeng Ratu Kidul, The Queen Of The South Sea. It is commonly known that this painting was possibly made bymeditation encounter with the Queen herself.
^ painting by ©Basoeki Abdullah© - oil-on-linen 1997 ^
(Please Take precaution : Do not stare at the above picture for too long)
NYAI RORO KIDUL : Also known as Kanjeng Ratu Kidul or Queen Of The Southern Sea who reigns the South coast of the Java island, appears as a very aristocratic and gentle lady whose beauty makes all men fall in love even the Kings of Java. The legend began in the West Java Kingdom of Pajajaran under the rule of Prabu Siliwangi, a wise legendary King who ruled West Java between the late 15th century to the beginning of 16th century. Prabu Siliwangi had a beautiful wife, Queen Mayang Sari, and a daughter by the name of Princess Kadita whose beauty made the King's concubines jealous. One day they cast an evil spell on Queen Mayang Sari and Princess Kadita upon which forced them to leave the palace because of their horrifying look. They wandered in the unforgiving forest until one day the Queen could no longer struggle and died leaving Princess Kadita by herself, confused and upset. She continued her lonely strive deep down to the South and her endless journey ended at one point known as the South Sea. She then sighed hopelessly and when she finally fell asleep she had a vision in her dream that in order to break herself from the evil spell she would have to throw herself into the ocean. And so she did but when she realized that she was cured it was already too late for her to return to the world. She became a possesion of the South Sea and, is known as Nyai Roro Kidul, Lårå Woedoe, and some other mythical names. In time she built her own empire. Legend indicates that the power is until this day in existence throughout the Southern Coast of Java where the Javanese Kings are oblidged to mystically wed her in order to reach the power of the kingdom. It is believed that only the Kings can see her, but many claim that they have seen her along the coast. In Javanese Palaces there are some traditional palacial dances whose dancers consist of odd numbers like 9 or 11. This is meant to preserve the other one dancer who is no one else Nyai Roro Kidul herself. So for those who can see, they will see 10 or 12 dancers instead of 9 or 11.
In Pelabuhan Ratu, West Java, there is a Hotel called Samudra Beach Hotel, there is a room 308 preserved especially for Nyai Roro Kidul's resting place where no one can occupy the room except for meditation purpose for the encounter. Every year in the Javanese calendar of month Sura, a lot of people crowd the South beaches in order to perform a traditional offering in respect to the Queen. Javanese folklorists and spiritual experts distinct Kanjeng Ratu Kidul and Nyai Roro Kidoel/Nyi Loro Kidul as two different figures. Kanjeng Ratu Kidul described as the queen herself. She wears a high crown and never shows herself to general public but only to the royal kings of Java and Bali. But the other one, Nyai Roro Kidoel, is as a matter of fact plays her role as the chief of arm forces or in Indonesian is called Patih. Not like Kaneng Ratu Kidoel, she wears only a tiara, sometimes with her knot tied, sometimes with loose hair. Nyai Roro Kidoel, the "Virgin Maid", is the one who is believed to be responsible for the loss of many swimmers along the beach and most of them are males. It is believed that they are kidnapped to be the slaves in the Kanjeng Ratu Kidul's sea kingdom. Many people claim to have encountered with Nyai Roro Kidoel along the South coat of Java. It is told that the Nyi Loro Kidul is a later form of the sick and wicked Patih, extremely dangerous and always hungry for handsome young males ... Their voices resound within the strong waves and her color is yellow-green. That why it is told never wear the color of green within your clothes ... never !!!

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