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Rabu, 24 September 2008

Ida Cokorda Anglurah of Tabanan (W-Bali)

Ida Cokorda Anglurah Tabanan; 27th raja of Tabanan in W-Bali.
Tabanan was before a rather important principality and sometimes called the most powerfull. Hardly any rajas on Bali are now installed with the full installation ceremonies, but this raja is. On 21-3-2008 installed with the abisekha ratu ceremony.
Also very interesting to see,that also quickly after that the king appeared during all kind of occasions as the symbol of redoing the old ceremonies in Tabanan. Actually he is not the oldest son of the last raja of Tabanan, but his older brother died in 2001 and then he was installed as dynastychief.

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Raja Constantijn Karimalei of Batulolong with his Ratu

Batulolong is one of the 4 maajor principalities on the island of Alor, which lies above Timor. There are 2 more areas,but these are not always considered as real principalites.According to tradition the first ruler, or Lord of Batulolong came from East-Timor: Kepanu Kani. This in 1928 born Raja is the younger brother of the last ruling raja of Batulolong with name Raja Lourens Karimalei, who was from 1947-1962 the 14th ruler of Batulolong.
He died in 1996.
Alor people are known as very sweet people. The rajas mostly began as coast-rajas/rulers, coming from other islands and trying to make cooperation with inland people.
On islands like Alor and Timor tradition remains in a healthy way in every day life.

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Pangeran Muasyidinsyah of Kotawaringin

When his father the last Pangeran Ratu (14th monarch) died in 1975 he became chief of the raja family. The principality was founded before 1637 by a son of the very poewrfull Sultan of Banjarmasin in SE Kalimantan and is lying in South middle Kalimantan.

Peculiar eniough the dynasties had not had contact for a considerable time, but one year ago it made the familybond again.
Strange enoug also, that the present monarch is married with a princess of Surakarta in middle-java and the mother of him is a granddaughter of a former Susuhunan of Surakarta.
The present monarch;a friendly and very hardworking royal, plays an important role in the founding of a seperate province of Kotawaringin (the only principality in this area).
People from banjarmasin are known for being very sweet people,this monarch had retianed that character after his dynasty left Banjasrmaisn for nearly 400 years ago.

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Manek Herman Doepe of Bokai

Bokai is one of the 19 principalities on the Rote islands; west from Timor.
This area is the most with principalities populated area of Indonesia.
Bokai was before a rather powerfull principality in middle Rote, but because of to much wanting to make war, the God punished the dynasty by a disaster, The people then split into 2. One part went southwards and were more or less under the rule of the Maneks of Termanu, which were the most powerfull rulers of Rote.
Bokai had later a sort of restriction in his development,that only until a certain amount peopkle could live in the new area and very strange enough,that always remained so.
This Raja really ruled over Bokai from 1961-1966.
He says, he is member of the old dynasty, but when the 2nd dynasty started it is know, they were mardijkers, or free people, which were an elite group of so-called free people (so not under a raja), who became important, because of service in the Dutch army, etc.

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Sultan Haji Taufik Thaib alias Sutan Haji Muhammad Taufik Thaib gelar Yang Dipertuan Tuanko Mudo Mangkuta Alam (Yang Dipertuan Raja Alam Pagaruyung)

He is the 19th Emperor of the Minangkabau area. This area is ruled by many traditional rulers.
The paramount rulers are 3 of the religion, tradition and the worldly life. This Emperor is the last one and also the main ruler.
The Empire really ceased to exist as existing monarchy in 1833, although some branches were allowed to rule in litle areas nearby.
A branch of the dynasty is also the rulers of Negri Sembilan in malaysia.
A rather important person in the rea tries to explain his opinion about the rights his claim on the Emperor's dignity as well.
Sutan Taufik Thaib is until now actually the most traditionally recognized monarch here. The succesion goes from male monarch to son of his sister.
Hopefully the recently burned palace will be built up.

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Jena Teke (Crownprince) Zulkarnaen of Bima

Bima is on the island of Sumbawa. It is rule,that a new sultan only can be installed, when his father already was sultan. But his father died 2-5-2001 and he was installed as future sultan 7-6-2001.So on the grave of his father Sultan Abdul Kahir they made this deceased royal sultan and then later they could make him Jena Teke. Because he don't know enough of the rtadition,he still must learn and isn't a sultan yet.But his people chose him in july 2005 as Bupati, districtchief of Bima.
He is supported by his aunt Ina Ka'u (princess) Siti Mariam Rachmat Salahuddin.
She is the keeper of tradition and history and with one other woman in the Bugis area on Sulawesi she is the example of the savers of the traditional culture.

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Datu Fachruddin bin Sultan Mohammad Aminuddin of Sambaliung

Sambaliung dynasty is a branch of the dynasty of former Berau Kingdom, which was a rather important sultanate in NE part of Indonesian East-Kalimantan, which encompasses the later sultanates of Gunung Tabur(ruled by the main branch of Berau dynasty), Sambaliung and the more northern lying Bulungan Sultanate (which went away from Berau in 2nd half 18th century). So say that Berau only ruled short really over Bulungan with the Tidung area.
Strange enough the palaces of Gunung tabur and sambaliung are lying at 2 sides of a river and can look in each other palace nearly, rather peculair.
Theb dynasty is now busy to let make a former king of sambaliung a national hero: Raja Alam (1830-1834/1837-18..), who was much rebelling against the Dutch East-Indish-Government. He was also the first seperate King of Sambaliung.
The last ruling Sultan of Sambaliung ruled quite a long time: 1902-1920 as Regent-Sultan, 1920-1951 as Sultan and 1950-1959 as Bupati/districtchief of Berau.
he died in 1961.
Probably Datu fachruddin will be the next Sultan of Sambaliung and he is the main person behind the project to make his forefather a National Hero.

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Candidate Sultan Tuanku Abdulrachman of Riau-Lingga

In 1911 the greatgrandfather of this monarch abdicated before the Dutch could depose him and went into exile in Singapore, which before tiogether with the south of Malaysia also was part of the Riau-Lingga sultanate. He was to much opposing the plans of the Dutch to make a regulated rule there.
Until now the dynasty stays in exile in Singapore, also because until Indonesian independence the Dutch obstructed the coming back of this rather important dynasty.
This retired Singapore army-officer is a very dedicated historian corned with Riau-Lingga. Maybe his collection of Riau-Lingga material is the most biggest in the world.
Espacially concerning the pedigree material with many illustrations.
He isn also a rather friendly monarch, who has good contact with the Sultan's dynasty of Singapore, who were ca. 200 years ago rivals.
I hope, that the bond between the dynasty and the people of Riau-Lingga will remain until this time.

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Senin, 22 September 2008

Dynastychief of Bulungan passed away

Recently we received the news, that the chief of the N.E.-Kalimantan Sultan's Dynasty of Bulungan died on the 10th of September 2008.
He is His Royal Highness Haji Datu Abubakar; MMdj bin Sultan Maulana Muhammad Djalaluddin; since 1999 Dynastychief of Bulungan.
His father was the 15th king and 9th Sultan of this oilricharea and also the last one, who died in 1958. His older brother Putra Makhota Mohammad Azzimuddin gelar Raja Muda was then the dynastychief of Bulungan until his tragic passing away in 1964.
When in 1999 the Indonesia government indirectly allowed to let be more attention to the Royal- and Princely dynasties of Indonesia, he was chosen as dynastychief of Bulungan.
On many royal occasions in Indonesia he with his Ratu were the faces of the Royal Family of Bulungan.
This kind hearted Royal was born 60 years ago in the royal town of Tanjung Palas; his mother was HRH Aji Bungsu. He began his carreer in the Indonesian Army, where he became sub-officer, then he continued as a government official (typical for Indonesian royals: army, government, education, or business are the most likely future opportunities for a royal). Later he became mayor of the town of Karang Anyar. He was pensioned as such in 2002. Then he dedicated his life to the creating of harmony between the Melayu - and dayak segments of the population of Bulungan; a task very good for him, because he wasn't only the royal face of Bulungan, but also the face of the friendliness in Bulungan.
He had an outspoken opinion about certain subjects, but always mixed that with non-wanting to harm other people.
He was also one of the 5 candidates to become new Sultan of Bulungan and actually he was the future-Sultan of Bulungan alread, but for reasons until now unknown to me his full brother Datu Syukur was chosen on the 15th of februari as future Sultan of Bulungan.

It took so long to select a future-Sultan of Bulungan,because the dynasty wanted full harmony within the dynasy and then select a future-Sultan.
After the royal selection Datu Abubkar Djalaluddin stayed on to be the face of the dynasty at several oocasions.
When he would have been the new Sultan of Bulungan he would have known as Sultan Goodhearted of Bulungan.But God chose another way for him. His brother Datu Syukur is more strong and ambitious in his way of handling the things.
May the memory of Haji Datu Syukur bin Sultan Maulana Muhammad Djalaluddin; who saw the revival of the Royal families in Indonesia and also the borderdispute with Malaysia on the Bulungan border, not be forgotten.
That is what a King must be: a father for his people.

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