'Beautiful and culturally valuable': Indonesia graveyard community seeks history through old cemeteries

16/1/2022 1:15:00 AM

'Beautiful and culturally valuable': Indonesia graveyard community seeks history through old cemeteries

'Beautiful and culturally valuable': Indonesia graveyard community seeks history through old cemeteries

JAKARTA: For most people, graveyards are places to avoid as they are often associated with spirits or spooky things best left to the otherworld. But there are others like Ruri Hargiyono wh

Her tomb in Tanah Abang cemetery, now called Taman Prasasti Museum, was next to where Raffles’ friend John Casper Leyden (first English translator of Malay Annals) was laid to rest..Taman Prasasti Museum in Central Jakarta is the resting place of Stamford Raffles’ wife, Olivia Mariamne Raffles. (Photo: Ruri Hargiyono)

In Indonesia, Chinese graves are not ubiquitous and some are left relatively unmaintained as is the case with many cemeteries.“I am sad if I see abandoned ones,” she said.“It was so miserable. It’s next to a public toilet, and above it hangs a clothesline and apparently, it gets inundated whenever there’s flood.”

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There are also cemeteries that went back several centuries before Indonesia’s independence in 1945, including those which became the final resting place for Stamford Raffles’ wife, Olivia Mariamne Raffles who died in 1814.LinkedIn JAKARTA : Indonesia's trade surplus likely shrank to the lowest in five months in December on slower growth in exports and imports, a Reuters survey showed, although Southeast Asia's biggest economy is on track to post record exports for all of last year.The elderly man seen dragging himself on the ground in Chong Pang has been regularly receiving help from Chong Pang volunteer organisations, K Shanmugam, Member of Parliament (MP) for Nee Soon GRC, said..

Her tomb in Tanah Abang cemetery, now called Taman Prasasti Museum, was next to where Raffles’ friend John Casper Leyden (first English translator of Malay Annals) was laid to rest. Raffles was lieutenant-governor in Jakarta when Java came under British rule in 1811 before it was returned back to the Dutch in 1816 . The December trade data, due to be announced on Monday, is set to confirm that its annual exports reached an all-time high in 2021. The cemetery is a cultural heritage of the Dutch colonial period and was considered the resting place of the colonial elites such as Dutch military officials. In the video that was posted on Jan. Thus, many tombstones were made out of marble and the cemetery is still preserved. However, markets are closely monitoring the impact of a coal export ban the government imposed from Jan. Taman Prasasti Museum in Central Jakarta is the resting place of Stamford Raffles’ wife, Olivia Mariamne Raffles.

(Photo: Ruri Hargiyono) As a history enthusiast with no educational background in the discipline, Hargiyono normally does some research before visiting the cemeteries to have a better understanding of the various burial grounds. For December, 12 economists in the poll forecast a surplus of $3. Subsequently, passers-by took notice of the man, with at least two men and the taxi driver helping the man into the taxi. She would also take advantage of her late friend and fellow co-founder Prasetia’s language skills who was able to read inscriptions on gravestones written in Chinese. In Indonesia, Chinese graves are not ubiquitous and some are left relatively unmaintained as is the case with many cemeteries.51 billion. Visits to Chinese graveyards were specifically of interest to Hargiyono as Prasetia was able to read the writings on the tombstones, and they would find new insights and cultural values. 14 that the elderly man, whom he referred to as Mr Lee, prefers not to use a wheelchair, despite volunteers trying to persuade him to do so. “There are many unmaintained cemeteries, especially Chinese ones.4per cent on a yearly basis, decelerating from November's growth pace of 49.

Apparently, there is a Chinese belief that if the cemetery is not well-preserved, the descendants’ fortune would not be so good. “I am sad if I see abandoned ones,” she said.4per cent, compared with November's 52. "Based on our interactions with him, our assessment is that he is independent, and knows his mind," the MP stated. The community likes to do cleanups of old abandoned graveyards. (Photo courtesy: Ruri Hargiyono) Once, in Central Jakarta, they visited the tomb of Souw Beng Kong, the city’s first Chinese leader who immigrated from China in the 17th century. Nomura analysts said a full-month coal export ban in January could reduce exports by $4 bilion, which could push Indonesia into a trade deficit. “It was so miserable. He thanked those who have given feedback on the incident, saying that assistance will continue to be provided to Lee and his family.

It’s next to a public toilet, and above it hangs a clothesline and apparently, it gets inundated whenever there’s flood. Authorities in Indonesia this week eased the ban, allowing 37 vessels to depart, although hundreds of miners whose output is estimated to cover up to 40per cent of the country's total remain barred from exporting.” The community tries to help with the cleaning up whenever they can, but Hargiyono also realises that with just five people in the group they have their limitations. “My friend said if the graveyards are clean, the prayers for the deceased won’t be stuck there and they will be answered.” When co-founder Prasetia passed away in 2019, Hargiyono felt she lost a reliable partner with whom she could exchange views on certain matters. She stopped leading the community and responding to people’s messages for about a year.

When she relocated to her hometown Yogyakarta in 2020, Hargiyono got back on her feet and started to arrange visits to graveyards again. The city, known as Indonesia’s cultural hub, is home to many ancient Javanese cemeteries. Since not everyone speaks ancient Javanese, Hargiyono finds herself fortunate to have a member who can read it and has become their guide when visiting ancient Javanese gravesites. Related: This man can read and write 30 ancient Indonesian scripts, some as old as 500 years REQUESTS FROM FOREIGNERS TO FIND GRAVES While there are other history enthusiast communities in Jakarta or even outside the country, Indonesia Graveyard also receives requests from abroad to find graves of deceased family members of non-Indonesians. In 2018, they received a message from a man in New Zealand who asked them to find the grave of his uncle Cornelis Grinwis.

The man sent two pictures of the grave for them as a clue, one of which shows the headstone and the location name inscribed as Petamboeran, suggesting that the cemetery is in Petamburan, Jakarta. “So we went there and tried to find it among 15,000 graves,” said Hargiyono. They asked the management of the cemetery and even went there several times, but so far have not succeeded in finding it. In another request, someone sought the group’s help to locate the grave of an English man in Indonesia’s second city Surabaya, but the requester did not know the name of the cemetery. “Surabaya is a very big city.

Where should we start? I decided to ask the communities there and asked the help of our followers, but the clues were too little.” There are many unmaintained cemeteries in Indonesia. (Photo: Ruri Hargiyono) Hargiyono also received requests while conducting public engagements. In one webinar session, an elderly woman asked her to find the grave of her grandfather while giving her the details. “At that moment, I felt I am very useful as a person,” she recounted.

Hargiyono, who is also a freelance photographer in her early forties, said the experiences with the community has given her many exciting memories and knowledge. Even though she has personally visited about 5,000 cemeteries throughout her life, she feels there are still many others to explore. “To us, a tombstone is not just a grave, but it is something beautiful and culturally valuable from the past. “There are many things we can learn from a cemetery, each grave has its own story.” Source: CNA/ks(ih) .