Kanjeng Ratu Kidul, the elusive goddess of Java
Friend, Maria (2006) Kanjeng Ratu Kidul, the elusive goddess of Java. TAASA Review, 15 (4). pp. 14-15.
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[Extract] The southern coast of Java offers a dramatic picture: steep cliffs fall into the depths of the Indian Ocean, while huge waves wash beaches of black sand. Violent currents and strong surf have claimed many victims. This is the realm of Kanjeng Ratu Kidul, the Goddess of the Ocean and the spiritual consort of the rulers of Central Java.
Ratu Kidul controls not only the sea but also the forces of the land. This beautiful, powerful goddess has a capricious nahue which must be reckoned with. She may be a saviour and benefactor of people, but she can also be a destroyer and a killer. The earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis which frequently oppress this part of the world are usually explained by Ratu Kidul's discontent with the status quo.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|FoR Codes:||16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%|
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