AN INDONESIAN CASE STUDY – TAASA Review June 2019
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This article was originally found in the June 2019 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 28, Issue 2, Page 7).
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James Bennett and Muchammadun Ritual cloth (usap), depicting sacred tree with ancestral figures, undated, North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia, hand-spun cotton, natural dyes, supplementary weft weave, 42.0 x 39.0 cm.
Promised gift of Michael Abbott AO QC through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia. T he recent Lombok, Sumbawa and Palu earthquakes and Anak Krakatau tsunamis (July-December 2018) are a reminder of the devastation that natural disasters inflict on local populations in Indonesia.
The history of tectonic cataclysms impacting on communities in Lombok is testified in the Chronicle of Lombok (Babad Lombok) that was likely compiled in its present form in the 18th or 19th century, incorporating earlier texts...