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Essays

Indonesia

Yogyakarta

The Heart of Javanese tradition

Dipika Rai

BONNY, Kuda Lumping, 1996, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm, courtesy Duta Fine Arts Foundation.

In the lee of the still-live volcano, Mount Merapi, spreads a green and fertile land: a land of memories, unchanged by evolution, where the tracks of ancient civilisations are still clearly visible. On this plain in 1882, the French palaeontologist E. Dubois discovered the remains of the oldest humans, Homo Erectus Javanica, who lived on earth over a million years ago. With this discovery, Central Java was

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