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Java in the 14th Century

A Study in Cultural History

  • Theodore G. Th. Pigeaud

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Nāgara-Kěrtāgama Translations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Theodore G. Th. Pigeaud
      Pages 3-8
    3. Theodore G. Th. Pigeaud
      Pages 9-15
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      Pages 16-19
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      Pages 43-55
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      Pages 56-62
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      Pages 63-69
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      Pages 70-71
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      Pages 82-82
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      Pages 83-85
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      Pages 86-91
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      Pages 92-96
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      Pages 97-109
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      Pages 110-114
  3. The Nāgara-Kěrtāgama Colophons

    1. Theodore G. Th. Pigeaud
      Pages 115-115
  4. Minor Writings Translations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-118
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      Pages 119-128
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      Pages 129-137
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      Pages 138-138
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      Pages 139-140
  5. Charters Translations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-142
    2. Theodore G. Th. Pigeaud
      Pages 143-150
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      Pages 151-155
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      Pages 156-162
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      Pages 163-165
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      Pages 166-168
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      Pages 169-170
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      Pages 171-171
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      Pages 172-172
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About this book

Introduction

The Dutch Nagara-Kertagama translation on which Professor Kern worked, at intervals, during eleven years, deserves our utmost admir­ ation and respect. It is the last important piece of work he finished before his death. It has enriched in an extraordinarily high degree our knowledge of the history and antiquities of the Majapahit period. Moreover, its dignified and courtly style established the reputation of Old Javanese letters as a literature of considerable interest. The con­ tents of the Nagara-Kertiigama, as interpreted by Professor Kern, gave 14th century Majapahit a nimbus, making it appear to the uncritical public as a most powerful and highly cultured Empire, organized on 18th or 19th century West-European lines. The notes of Krom, Poerbatjaraka and others do not contain com­ plete translations of the texts. These scholars made valuable contribu­ tions to a better understanding of several passages. They did not make it easy for the general reader to consult their notes, though. Professor Kern's appreciation of the contents of the Nagara-Kertagama remained fundamentally unshaken. Up to the present time Professor Kern's Nagara-Kertagama trans­ lation has been generally used and highly appreciated by students of Indonesian cultures and by the public interested in Old Javanese his­ tory, both in Indonesia and elsewhere. In 1953 a modern Malay trans­ lation by Slametmuljana was published in Djakarta (Negarakretagama, diperbaharui kedalam bahasa Indonesia). But then, since Professor Kern's days research has made progress. It is clear, nowadays, that his translation has the defects of its good qualities.

Keywords

Java cultural history death organ organization religious communities temple translation writing

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  • Theodore G. Th. Pigeaud
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Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-8772-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1960
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-8149-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-8772-5
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