A little more about the Spirit of Majapahit

Here’s another news piece on the Spirit of Majapahit, in English, which set off from Jakarta last week and is making its way to Japan.

Ship representing ancient Java kingdom to sail to 8 countries
05 July 2010, Zee News

A ship representing the spirit of the ancient Majapahit kingdom on Java Island and built under the cooperation of Indonesia and Japan has left from Jakarta on a 9,000-kilometer voyage to eight countries.

It is aimed at celebrating the sailing history of the Majapahit kingdom and the past relationship between Majapahit and the Ryukyu kingdom, which used to govern Okinawa, as well as raising money for an archaeological study of historic ruins in and around Java Island.

Called the “Spirit of Majapahit”, the ship is a replica of a merchant vessel used during the Majapahit period, a vast archipelagic empire based on the eastern part of Java from 1293 to the 1500s.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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