JAVA. WHEN YOU NEED TO TALK WITH NATURE.

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Gamelan music was created by Sang Hyang Java Guru, in 230 A.D. to speak with the gods, previous to Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Catholicism gods, ancient gods, who had always been there, on the island. Gods who had not come by boat or fallen from the sky. Gods so close you could talk to them.
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Gods they called gods because such was this manifestation of nature, life, exuberance, and such was the perception of those people, even susceptible to marvel and feel adoration for the shelter of forests and rivers, the beauty and warmth of the animals and plants, the fertility of the volcanic soils, the cooing of rain on the leaves, and the dreaminess fog.

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It is easy to imagine how the people of Java, absolutely enraptured by this absolute nature that surrendered worship, needed to communicate with her in long conversations.

Ciwidey Highland

Of such sensitivity they arranged for it, their conversations has come so far, delicate, complex, alive.

pics to Indonesia (sept/oct/nov/dec 2011)

Javanese, Sundanese and Madurese, inhabitants of the island were impregnated by the language of their surroundings, and deciphered and coded by Gamelan, a unique musical system in the world.

Madakaripura Waterfall
His interpretation is the result of work of a community. As a composite body always they play in groups that can get to consist of several dozen musicians. Each interpreter seeks synchronized with the set, to fuse with it. And so the conversation takes place.

Cukang Taneuh

In the following links you can find much more information about Java, forests and Gamelan music.

I hope you enjoy it.

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JAVA AND ITS FORESTS
Acording to Wikipedia
Home of endangered Java Rhino
Protecting the last forests of Java.
Java acording WWF
What can you do to protect Java
Forest Society
Top forests in Java acording to Trip Advisor

Curug Sawer Situgunung (Sukabumi)

Curug Sawer Situgunung (Sukabumi)

Curug Seribu (Bogor)

Curug Seribu (Bogor)

Imogiri Pine Forest

Imogiri Pine Forest

Kebun Raya Baturaden (Purwokerto)

Kebun Raya Baturaden (Purwokerto)

ANIMISMO
Animism acording to Wikipedia
Animism in Indonesia

GAMELAN
Acording to Wikipedia
A deep study acording to Alekson Jeanson
Gamelán and other related arts (Indonesia Embassy in Romanía)
Gamelan in Los Ángeles
Some recordings information

slow loris

JAVA AND ITS RAINFOREST

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5 thoughts on “JAVA. WHEN YOU NEED TO TALK WITH NATURE.

    1. Thanks to you for the support… This article is a humble interpretation of Gamelan music origins and its relation with nature (and forests, my most loved theme)… do you think I am too far away from reality? Thank you again!

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