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Liputan6.com, Jakarta Samana Foundation, a cultural activist, in collaboration with Indonesia Creative Economy Agency will again hold the Borobudur Writers and Cultural Festival. This year's festival is scheduled 5-8 October 2016 in Magelang, Central Java.
This annual festival is in its fifth year. The two main activities are the Writers' Forum and Cultural Arts Festival. The uniqueness of the Borobudur Writers and Cultural Festival is on the theme selection that lifts the cultural richness and history of the archipelago.
This year Borobudur Writers and Cultural Festival takes the theme "After 200 Years of Centhini Fiber, Eroticism and Religiousism-Majalah Akbar Kitab Klasik Nusantara". Centhini Fiber is one of the popular classic Nusantara works and studied by researchers in overseas.
"We invite Serat Centhini researchers," said the festival curator, Seno Joko Suyono, to Liputan6.com, Wednesday (21/09/2016).
As the organizers explained in writing, Serat Centhini was a major work of Javanese literature composed at the beginning of the 19th century, with a long poem genre composed in the form of a song. Centhini Fiber was conceived by Crown Prince of Surakarta, Duke of Anom Amangkunagara III who later occupied the throne with the title of Sunan Paku Buwana V.
After becoming king, Sunan Paku Buwana V requested three poetry poets, namely Ranggasutrasna, Yasadipura II, and Sastradipura to continue writing stories about everything about life in the form of tembang macapat. Centhini Fiber was written for approximately nine years, from 1814 to 1823 AD.
The contents of Fiber Centhini include history, education, geography, architecture, philosophy, religion, mysticism, prophecy, tricks, immunity, symbolism, to flora, fauna, and art. In this book there are also reviews of erotic treasures. This text can be regarded as an encyclopaedia of Javanese life until the early 19th century.
In the past 10 years, Serat Centhini has appeared in Indonesian translations, shorter English versions, novelizations, dance, theater, photography, travel pilgrimage places and culinary reconstructions contained therein. All these activities show a high appreciation of Serat Centhini as the classic book of Javanese culture.