Mystery of Gajah Mada
Mystery of Gajah Mada
Gajah Mada was the name of Mahapatih (Prime Minister) of Majapahit. He was not only very famous in Java Island, but also around Indonesia. Almost all Indonesian people know the big names Mahapatih Gajah Mada but there is no one know who Gajah Mada is. No one knows the name of this character. Until now, after eight centuries since the big names fly around the country, there is no one person who can unravel the mystery of its origin and even on the end of his life. Not only about the origin and death, about the political strategy toward the top in the Majapahit and its war strategy dominated the archipelago are also still holds many mysteries unanswered until now. (Also read : The Story of Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih)
There is no single source that can be used as a reference to determine the origin of Gajah Mada and who his parents were. Historians have many opinions about his origins. Ones mention Gajah Mada was from Sumatra, Minangkabau. They assume that “Mada” in Minangkabau means stubborn, while in Java, there is no word in the vocabulary of the language “Mada”. Whereas “Gajah” (means Elephant) is taken from the origin of the name of an animal in the andalas Island. This assumption is reinforced by the closeness of the relationship between Gajah Mada and Adityawarman (founder of the kingdom of Pagaruyung), was a prince of Majapahit Sumatra’s bloody, which brought the possibility of Adityawarman to Gajah Mada of Majapahit. But others called Gajah Mada come from Bali. Balinese people believe that hereditary story mentions that the duke’s mother came from Bali. Some say it was derived from Gajah Mada Krio Dayak tribe in Kalimantan Barat, referring to the story of the ancestors of the Krio ethnic Dayak named a Commander of the Watch Commander who was sent to Java Mada Dwipa to dominate the land of Java. Then there is also a mention that Gajah Mada was derived from Mongol. It is estimated he was one of the leaders behind the Mongol army. When Raden Wijaya (the founder of Majapahit) who intended to attack his forces defeated Kertanegara King since been harassing Mongols with ears cut of Khi Meng (Mongol envoy).