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Jakarta Post

Long live the King

  • I Wayan Juniarta

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Thu, October 14 2010   /  09:37 am

Last Sunday, the people of Klungkung hailed their new king. A new face: The new King of Klungkung Ida Dalem Semaraputra sits in his palace.Hundreds of people dressed in traditional costume flocked the courtyard of Klungkung palace as the court’s high priest Ida Pedanda Gede Putra Tembau of Aan crowned Tjokorda Gde Agung Semaraputra as the new King of Klungkung. The elderly priest also bestowed a new name on the king: Ida Dalem Semaraputra.Kings, princes and princesses from all over Bali and across the country, including members of the Nusantara Keraton Friendship Forum (FSKN), an umbrella organization cum lobby group for the country’s royalty, attended the coronation ceremony, which involved elaborate Balinese Hindu rituals and majestic sacred dances.In feudal Bali, kings always treated the kings of Klungkung with deference and respect. Klungkung’s military power was perhaps not as...