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Yogyakarta Palace recovers centuries old manuscripts

Tarko Sudiarno

The Jakarta Post

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Yogyakarta  /  Thu, May 9, 2019  /  04:15 pm
Yogyakarta Palace recovers centuries old manuscripts

Finally home: Sultan Hamengkubuwono X observes a digital copy of a classic babad (chronicle). (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)

Seventy-five of Yogyakarta Palace’s centuries old manuscripts have finally returned home after being stolen by British troops around 200 years ago, albeit only in their digital form. The Brits stole the manuscripts after winning a battle known as the Geger Sepoy (Sepoy Mayhem) in 1812, during the reign of Sultan Hamengkubuwono II. The manuscripts contain historical and cultural accounts during the reign of Sultan Hamengkubuwono I. The valuable documents were pillaged when British forces attacked the palace. They plundered not only hundreds of babad (chronicles) and serat (texts) but also palace heirlooms, treasures and cash. The tragic incident occurred during the British colonial rule over Java under Lieut. Gen. Sir Stamford Raffles. Babad Ngayogyakarta (The Yogyakarta Chronicle). (JP/Tarko Sudiarno) The invasion of the palace was led by Col. RR Gillespie, peaking o...