Sacred Cloth depicting Semar, the Spiritual Ancestor of Java

Sacred Cloth depicting Semar, the Spiritual Ancestor of Java

Pre-Islamic Indonesia embraced a vast pantheon of divinities, which incorporated Hindu-Buddhist gods and animist deities. In spite of obvious traces of Indian mythology, Semar is believed to be a local deity indigenous to Java. Traditionally, Semar is considered the elder brother of the god Batara Guru, i.e. the Hindu god Śiva in traditional Javanese wayang […]

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Semar Statue made from Sacred Brass Alloy mixed with Ancient Artifacts

Semar Statue made from Sacred Brass Alloy mixed with Ancient Artifacts

Semar is a god whose origins are rooted in Indonesian mythology from the time of ancestral worship approximately 3500 years ago. The Javanese regard Semar as the spiritual ancestor of the indigenous population of Nusantara (i.e. the Indonesian archipelago). This ancient deity embodies the core teachings of Javanese mystical tradition (Kejawen) in regard to metaphysical […]

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