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NUSANTARA FOLKORE

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Nusantara Folkore by Abiyasa Adiguna Legawa (abiyasa),ilustrasi
DAY 02-FAUNA: "Rusa dan si Kulomang" A folktale originated all the way from Aru Islands in the Maluku province of eastern Indonesia. It tells a story of a deer (rusa) who challenges a little snail named "Kulomang" in a running race. Known for being very slow, Kulomang thinks hard how he's able to win the competition. Guess who wins in the end?
Nusantara Folkore by Abiyasa Adiguna Legawa (abiyasa),ilustrasi
DAY 06-PLACE: "Jalan Tongkeng" The visual is inspired by a very local urban legend about a small street located in Bandung, named Jalan Tongkeng, nearby the famous Jalan Gudang Selatan/Utara & Jalan Patrakomala. Not only it was around the area where I spent some of my childhood, apparently there's also a horror story about the place that some people still believe. It goes back to the Dutch colonialism era in Indonesia when there was this Dutch soldier who fell in love with a local Indonesian lady lived in Jalan Tongkeng. But because the love was forbidden, he was killed by having his head chopped off from the body. Locals say that the ghost is still here strolling around the street appearing at night looking for his head somewhere while riding his horse.
Nusantara Folkore by Abiyasa Adiguna Legawa (abiyasa),ilustrasi
DAY 07-MAGICAL CREATURES: Balaupata, Cingkarabala & Kala This illustration is created based on the imagery & philosophy of Gunungan, a mountain-like figure presents in the Indonesian version of wayang kulit. The theatrical performance of wayang kulit (shadow puppets) itself usually tells various stories, including the two famous folktales; the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. If you take a look at the lower part of a gunungan, you're going to find an entrance gate at the very center with two giant-like figures appear on the right and the left side. Those two figures are the twins Balaupata & Cingkarabala who play roles as the guards of the palace. Meanwhile, the head of Kala, a monstrous personification of time, appears on top of the entrance gate.
Nusantara Folkore by Abiyasa Adiguna Legawa (abiyasa),ilustrasi
BONUS - Not really a part of the challenge, but since it's still related to the theme let me just post it. :) Begawan Abiyasa, also known as Vyasa (/?vj??s?/; Sanskrit: ?????, literally "Compiler") ("Begawan" = gelar pendeta/pertapa according to KBBI) is generally considered as the author of the Mahabharata. In the Javanese version of Wayang, Abiyasa is known as one of the ancestors of the famous Pandawa (The Pandavas in Hindi) and was once the king of Astina under the name of Prabu Kresna Dwipayana. This illustration is depicted based on the Surakarta version of Wayang Kulit where there are a couple differences from the Yogyakarta version, mostly visible in outfits and crown/headscarf designs & ornaments.
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Decided to join #NusantaraFolkoreWeek on Instagram from January 6 to 12. It's a challenge initiated by 6 Indonesian illustrators & artists and was open for anyone.

Basically for everyday in a week we had to create an illustration based on the theme that they had set, inspired by any Indonesian folklore.

Unfortunately, didn't manage to finish all of them due to other deadlines but let me just show what I've finished.

Uploaded 28 January 2019

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