As explained to me in the 1990’s by President Wahid’s friend, the Sufi poet, Gus Mus, there are two geographically different cultures within Javanese culture.
There is budaya pesisir, an outward looking coastal culture, and budaya dalam, the culture of most of the people who live in awe of their island’s many magnificent mountains.
Mount Semeru, Java’s highest peak.
Geoff Fox, 8th March, 2023, Down Under
This little Javanese girl is Talia.
She is eleven years old.
Her family has never had a lot of money for food.
But she can still have sweet, innocent fun using an empty shopping bag as a hat.
Praise the Lord.
Geoff Fox, 5th March, 2023, Austral-Indonesia
Hidup-penghidupan kaum ‘tani – the life and livelihood of farmers.
Connected to the land.
Caring for the land.
Loving their land.
Subur means fertile. Success follows on family farms.
Geoff Fox, 1st March, 2023, Austral-Indonesia
Simple village life has lessons for us all.
Usia tua bisa jadi indah – berdiam saja.
In the bosom of her family, this old Javanese lady is losing her faculties.
But she is not suffering.
She is loved.
Geoff Fox, 25th February, 2023, Down Under