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Myths and Mysticism Surrounding Merapi: Central Java, Indonesia

December 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Myths and Mysticism Surrounding Merapi: Central Java, Indonesia
Sri Wahyuni

Discussion on Mt. Merapi volcano, expected imminently to erupt, would be considered incomplete unless it included the myths and mysticism that surround it. Sri Wahyuni wrote an excellent article on the subject.

Reaching magnificently up to the sky on the border between Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces, the 2,968-meter volcano is believed, by the traditional Javanese communities that live in its vicinity, to be a sacred place.
Some think that the volcano is the kingdom of spirits; while visiting Merapi, people are advised not to do things that could anger the spirits, such as relieving oneself wherever one might wish.

Others believe that the volcano is guarded by spirits, whose names vary from one region to another. On the northern slopes of Merapi, for example, Mbah Petruk is the guardian. In the south, the guardian spirit is Kyai Sapujagad, who was believed to have been sent by Panembahan Senopati to guard Merapi.

Panembahan Senopati was the founder and first king of the Mataram Kingdom, which ruled Yogyakarta from the 16th century.

Other spirits are believed to live in or guard the volcano. These include Nyai Kendit and Dewi Gadung Melati. The rituals for worshiping Merapi or the spirits, therefore, also vary from one place to another. In Selo, Boyolali, Central Java, for example, villagers hold the Sega Gunung ritual to worship Mbah Petruk.

Others do so through ordinary tumpengan rituals, during which ceremonial dishes of tumpeng (cone-shaped yellow rice), are presented and served.

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A huge crowd of people participate in a tumpengan ritual on the slopes of Mt. Merapi at Kaliurang, Sleman regency. During the ritual, participants worship Mbah Petruk, a divine spirit believed to be a guardian of Merapi. (Slamet Susanto)

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Code – Paska Banjir 29 November 2010

December 2, 2010 4 comments

Code – Paska Banjir 29 November 2010
oleh Nawa M

…jangan palingkan hati kita kepada saudara di samping kita ini….

Tinggi gelombang sekitar 50 cm
Lokasi : jembatan Sayidan (Selatan Jembatan – barat sungai)

Ruang tamu yg terendam air sekitar 30 cm.
Sorry, gambar tidak jelas, karena lensa hanya masuk lewat jendeda nako dan kondisi gelap…
Lokasi : Kampung Terban (Selatan Jembatan Jl. sarjito – timur sungai) Read more…

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Survey bersama PVMBG, UGM, POLDA, IOF, Sekber dan Mermounc

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment
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Pesan Merapi

November 26, 2010 1 comment

Pesan Merapi

” Aku ora ngalahan Tur yo ora pengin ngalahke Nanging mesti tekan janjine
Mung nyuiwun ngapura. Nek ana singh ketabrak, keseret lan kegawa kintir, kebanjiran lan klelep, mergo ngalang ngalangi dalan sing bakal tak liwati”

 

Aku tidak suka mengalah  juga tidak ingin mengalahkan. Tetapi pasti sampai janjinya. Cuma mohon maaf, kalau ada yang tertabrak, terseret dan terbawa hanyut, kebanjiran atau tenggelam, karena menghalang-halangi yang akan kulewati.

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Aktivitas G. Merapi 15 November 2010

November 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Aktivitas G. Merapi tanggal 15 November 2010

 

I. Hasil Pemantauan
Berdasarkan pengamatan yang dilakukan pukul 00:00-06:00 WIB erupsi masih berlangsung dengan intensitas yang tinggi.
Berikut disajikan rangkuman hasil pemantauan terkini, meliputi data pemantuan secara instrumental dan visual.
1. Kegempaan
Berdasarkan hasil pemantauan kegempaan diperoleh jumlah kegempaan sebagai berikut:

2. Visual
Dilaporkan dari pengamat di lapangan, cuaca kabut mendominasi visual G. Merapi sejak dini hari hingga pagi hari. Angin bertiup dari Timur ke Barat. Saat cuaca cerah, tampak kondisi visual sebagai berikut: teramati asap putih keabuan hingga putih kecoklatan dengan tinggi asap 800 m dengan arah condong ke Barat Laut. Tidak terdengar suara gemuruh. Hujan abu, terjadi di Ketep pukul 06:58 WIB
Dari CCTV Deles dan Museum, saat cuaca cerah dapat terekam api diam pada pukul 03:19-04:28 WIB. Read more…

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October 27, 2010 1 comment

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