Broken Heritage

Terjan, Central Java, Indonesia

These images were taken during my last visit to Terjan, an ancient site dating back to the megalithic era of Java prior to the rise of the mighty Majapahit kingdom in the 9th century. It was created as a cemetery and shrine to the mountains and nature.

Yet what I saw was heartbreaking: heavy equipment that was making the way for the granite mining and slowly carving out the hills supporting the site, and the plain ignorance by the local government except for a brand new “historical site” sign at the entrance.

The community is showing some sort of resistance; that’s what I’m still hearing today. But who knows how long Terjan will last?

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