Majapahit

Damar Wulan and Anjasmoro

Damar Wulan And Anjasmoro

       Damar Wulan and Anjasmoro. The following story is about the Legend of Damar Wulan. However, I will divide the story in two sequels or two parts. They are The Legend of Damar Wulan Part 1 entitled “Damar Wulan and Anjasmoro” and The Legend of Damar Wulan Part 2 entitled “Damar Wulan Versus Minak Jinggo”. Below is the Lehend of Damar Wulan Part 1.

       Once upon a time, there was a baby born in the village of Paluh Amba. It was not far from the capital city of Majapahit. The baby’s name was Damar Wulan. He was the son of Udara, the former prime minister of Majapahit. Damar Wulan’s family live in a quiet and prosperous village outside the capital of Majapahit since his father had retired. Damar was a diligent and smart boy so he could easily learn the lessons his when father taught him. He learned martial art, religion, politics, and literature. He was very good at all those subjects. His father was very proud of him. When his father thought that he was mature enough, he asked Damar Wulan to leave the village for finding job in Majapahit Kingdom. He told Damar Wulan to apply for a job at the Prime Minister’s office. He hoped that his close relation with the new prime minister would help him get the prime minister’s attention. Furthermore, Damar Wulan was a smart boy so his father was sure Damar Wulan was capable to do any job. read more

Mystery of Gajah Mada

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.

      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). read more

Cloud above Majapahit Kingdom

Cloud above Majapahit Kingdom

Cloud above Majapahit Kingdom

Cloud above Majapahit Kingdom

       In the 13th century, Majapahit kingdom was at its peak. This kingdom was ruled by Prabu Hayam Wuruk. He was young, intelligent, and brave. He had a smart prime minister whose name was Gajah Mada. The palace of Majapahit was very big. It was very luxurious. Inside of the palace there was a special building called ‘Gedong Pusaka’. It was a house or more precisely a luxurious warehouse to store all the treasure of the kingdom. There were jewelries, gold crown, earrings, gold coins, gold Kris and many other luxurious things. That’s why the building was heavily guarded. There was a high wall surrounding it. The soldiers were on duty inside and outside the wall for twenty four hours a day. All of them were fully armed. It was almost impossible for anyone at that time to get into the Gedong Pusaka. (Also read : The Legend of Lutung Kasarung)

       One night the situation in the palace was very different. There was a thick, very thick fog surrounding the whole palace, even the capital. The night which usually warm changed to be cool. This situation was very unusual in Majapahit. The people of Majapahit interpreted this strange phenomenon as a signal from god. They were sure that a great event would take place. read more