(Photo of a Day) : THE HANACARAKA GRAFFITI


I found this graffiti when I was walking around Jl. Sumbing, Semarang. It was interesting as it depicted Javanese character, especially in the word. Those are Javanese writing system called Carakan or Layang Hanacaraka. It is derived from Brahmic script from Southern India which developed into many versions in South East Asia since Before Christ. In the past, Javanese script was an official writing system, but nowadays people who are able to read and write it has been dwindling. It can be still seen for aesthetic purpose in many cities of Central Java, Jogjakarta and East Java.

It is believed brought by King Ajisaka to Java on around 78 AD, and each parts has got its meaning

It is read as the following (from left to right)
Ha Na Ca Ra Ka (H N C R K)  = There were two soldiers who did their king’s duties
Da Ta Sa Wa La (D T S W L)= They were quarreling
Pa Dha Ja Ya Nya (P DH J Y NY) = They were fighting each other
Ma Ga Ba Tha Nga (M G B TH NG) = They were finally dead together

Honestly I can only read and write some, not totally. But if I can, maybe I will be able to read old Javanese documents which are very valuable. Hopefully I can!

Enjoy it.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Chas Spain says:

    That’s fascinating and quite interesting to see this text returning through street art.

    1. Yes, even I myself like it so much.

  2. tinsyam says:

    daku pernah kursus tuh bahasa jawa, blom luluslulus.. ntar lanjut lagi..

    1. Balapan tah sama aku? hahahaha

      1. tinsyam says:

        lah daku pasti kalah sama pakar..

      2. Aku aja dulu pas masih sekolah minta tolong Eyangku kok pas ada PR aksara Jawa.

      3. tinsyam says:

        daku kursus juga kalu pulang lebaran kog.. jadi lambat perkembangannya.. mo belajar sendiri itu malas banget..

      4. Aku juga baru belajar lagi pas umur2 segini Mbak. Lama-lama udah bisa baca lagi. Nulis nama sendiri juga lama-lama bisa. Cuma aku masih suka bingung soal nulis pasangan-pasangannya.

      5. tinsyam says:

        kalu gitu ayo kita balapan..

      6. Hehehehe..ayo. Aku juga mo mancing orang2 manca yg gentayangan dimari biar minta ditulisin aksara jawa namanya hahaha.

  3. omnduut says:

    Baguuusss… suka Aksara Jawanya. Kalo foto disana pasti keren 😀

    1. Dan lokasinya gak biasa lho…Semarang tu punya jalur2 yang terjal-terjal dan menanjak. Ini dalam kota lho. Hehehehe.

  4. jaraway says:

    widiih.. hanacaraka ditranslate ning bahasa inggris..

    1. Heheheeh..ben dho weruh.

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