The Centhini Story: The Javanese Journey of Life (based on the original Serat Centhini)

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The Centhini Story takes the reader on an unforgettable tour of the magical island of Java and gives an incredible insight into the traditions and customs of the Javanese. In this first-ever English translation of the 19th-century epic Serat Centhini , the author has stayed true to the essence of the original work, making a much-loved but almost forgotten literary heritage accessible once again.

The Centhini Story tells the tale of two princes and a princess who fled their palace in Giri kingdom when it was attacked by Sultan Agung of Mataram kingdom in 1635. In the confusion, Prince Jayengresmi is separated from his younger siblings and embarks on a quest to find them. Seeking to be reunited with each other, they travel across the length and breadth of the island of Java. It is a quest that spans more than a decade. At every stage of their journey, the people they encounter¡Xwhether a wise recluse on a mountain peak or a learned guru of a pesantren (Islamic school)¡Xintroduce ideas that give a lively insight into the Javanese way of life and their beliefs. By the time the three siblings finally meet, each of them¡Xas well as the people they have forged close relationships with¡Xhas overcome trials and tribulations and developed emotionally and spiritually. For them, it is not only a journey over hill and vale but a journey of life.

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Soewito Santoso is highly respected in international circles as an expert in Old Javanese as well as Javanese languages and literatures. He also has a deep understanding of the Sanskrit language, which has allowed him to translate many ancient Javanese manuscripts into English. Among the many books he has published are Babad Tanah Jawi, Bodhakawya Sutasoma: A Study in Javanese Wajrayana, Ramayana kekawin and Sultan Ngabdulkamid Herucakra. In 2000, he was conferred an honorary K.R.H.T award by King Paku Buwono XII. Dr Soewito now lives in Canberra, Australia.

About the Photographer
Fendi Siregar is a lecturer at the Faculty of Art, Film and Television of the Jakarta Institute of Art. A professional photographer since the age of 20, his talent has won him numerous awards in national and international photo competitions. Fendi spent two years traversing Java to capture the journeys of the many characters mentioned in the book. His stunning photographs bring the journeys of the many characters to life and showcase the beautiful and magnificent land of Java and its people.

About the Co-Author
Kestity Pringgoharjono has always felt the need to foster a deeper understanding of Indonesia¡¦s culture. In 2003, she established P.T. Preserve Indonesia with the aim of preserving Indonesian culture for future generations of Indonesians and promoting the country¡¦s unique culture to the international audience. This interest resulted in the idea for The Centhini Story. Currently, based in London, she is also the founding secretary of the Indonesia-Singapore Friendship Association.

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