Javanese is used in spoken communication in the Yogyakarta Kraton every day, but when it comes to Javanese script, only a few palace servants can read and write it.
To keep the legacy alive, several palace servants are attending classes on Javanese script twice a week for four months.
Last year, two courses were organized, with classes held every Tuesday and Thursday for four months. This year, the palace will run a third course.
For the lesson, students were given two textbooks on Javanese script: Hanacaraka 1 and Hanacaraka 2. The books contain complete guidelines, including on punctuation. The students learned one chapter per class and were given homework.
The lesson materials were taken from ancient Javanese texts like Babad Tanah Jawi [History of the Land of Java].
Upon completion of the course, the kraton servants are issued certificates.
One of the teachers, KRT Rinta Iswara, said the classes were an effort to keep the legacy of the written Javanese language alive through palace servants. [evi]