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UNDERSTANDING THE TALL TALE OF `RAMAYANA'

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 16 2009   /  12:23 pm

"Ramayana" is one of the world's best epic telling the story of Rama and Sinta's undying love for each other. Originating from the Hindi culture, the story was adapted during ancient Javanese times and nowadays can still be seen in stone reliefs, plays, and even comic books. Despite its popularity, some parts of the Javanese version of the story remain hidden in the ancient script and have not been translated yet. Dr. Willem van der Molen, an expert in Javanese literature from Leiden University, the Netherlands, said the original Javanese version of the story could unfold more details about the history and culture of the Javanese. Speaking at a public lecture on the Javanese Ramayana on May 29, van der Molen said the Ramayana story needed to be rewritten. "Indonesia still has a lot of old Javanese scripts that have not been read yet. I found new elements in the tale a...