When I was still in elementary school, there is a subject I was always afraid of. It was Javanese. Though it’s my mother tongue, but when it was taught at school, I couldn’t follow it as it has got three social dialects which also has different words even in the same root word. But, the most frightful part of the lesson was Javanese writing. Once a week, we learnt about how to write Javanese aksara correctly (it was derived from Brahmic script which came to Nusantara thousand years ago and akin to Thai, Lao, Burmese, Cambodian, as well as Southern Indian languages).
When my teacher gave me Javanese writing homework, I always asked my late grandfather to write it down for me. It was scary for me and I didn’t want to learn it anymore. You know, it happened when I graduated from Junior high school, as there’s no vernacular subject in Senior high school. But when I was in my thirties, I just realized that this script was beautiful. It used to be written in every aspect of life particularly in Java, but after Indonesia’s independence, its usage has been diminished. It was taught at schools in Central Java, Jogjakarta and East Java, but then…it was forgotten by most youngers and even they cannot read it at all.
It is only used for artistic reasons, though many more people try to use it again as daily writing. It’s (almost) gone but not forgotten and even saved by few people.
I tried to re-learn this beautiful characters and my friend said “Is it Thai?”. I replied ,”No, It’s Javanese.” Many friends learnt it in their childhood, but it’s gone from their minds. While for me, it’s not forgotten. I tried to re-establishe it at least for private reason.
Special for this challenge, though it’s not really related to the theme.
Regards, gone but not forgotten and it’s back on my life