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The illustrated of Kanjeng Ratu Kidul

Who don’t recognize Kanjeng Ratu Kidul? Everyone who living on Java island sure know her, but who know the philosophy of Kanjeng Ratu Kidul legendary? Everyone who know her name very little know it. Kanjeng Ratu Kidul or in the English name is “south ocean queen” has been legendary from hundreds years ago, she is very beautiful queen who living at underwater in south ocean.

Allegedly in Pajajaran Kingdom at west java, the king Prabu Siliwangi has a daughter and her name is Suwidhi, Suwidhi has a disease by black magic that her skin become abscess and bad, then she go to south ocean and pray to god, in the half of her pray, she listen god whisper that god have instruction to her in order jump in to ocean and become south ocean queen. That’s summary of the story about her, who knows the correctness about the story? In the other story, Panembahan Senopati the first king Mataram kingdom in central java has meditation on Cepuri Parangkusumo at Parangkusumo beach, he use his supernatural power to defeat Kanjeng Ratu Kidul power and his try successfully. Kanjeng Ratu Kidul coming and meet him, she request to Panembahan Senopati in order stopping his meditation, because his meditation make her kingdom hot and suffering, for exchange of her request, she will become Panembahan Senopati wife and her army will protect Panembahan Senopati Kingdom. Indeed Panembahan Senopati have other wish with her, he want her army help his army to defeat Alas (forest) Menthaok spirits, but before that, he and his new wife will do honey moon at Kanjeng Ratu Kidul palace in underwater, in the spirit world, south ocean underwater is a big kingdom and have very luxurious palace, remember that Kanjeng Ratu Kidul is a spirit human. After he doing honey moon, he get out from the underwater by walking on water, when he come to land, his master Sunan Kalijaga has waiting him, Sunan Kalijaga give advice to Panembahan Senopati in order don’t be arrogant, Panembahan Senopati immediately ask forgive to his master and god.

Cepuri Parangkusumo

Kanjeng ratu Kidul are different with Nyi Roro Kidul, Nyi Roro Kidul is Kanjeng Ratu Kidul vice. There are 3 name with last name “kidul”, they are Kanjeng Ratu Kidul, Nyi Roro Kidul and Mbok Roro Kidul, Mbok Roro Kidul is Kanjeng Ratu Kidul attendant. If three of them are join together then they are become super power spirit. Nyi Roro Kidul often make visible herself to human, because she is a black magic master of javanesse sorcerer, she also have bad characteristic, on the other side Kanjeng Ratu Kidul have a good characteristic and she does not like make visible herself to human and also does not like disturbing human life. Kanjeng Ratu Kidul become wife of Mataram kings such as Hamengkubuwono dynasty and Pakubuwono Dynasty in order protect Panembahan Senopati heredity. If you want becoming her husband, you must become king of Mataram kingdom.

Panggung Sanggabuana, the place who Pakubuwono meets Kanjeng ratu Kidul

That’s her legendary and mythology, how about ontology or philosophy? Let’s explain it. Kanjeng Ratu Kidul mythology was created by Panembahan Senopati in order that his people and his heredity knows the path of life is understanding universe, universe are be symbolized by Ratu or queen, why? Because universe are like female, universe have “uterus” that can make planet and star is born. Kidul is south because world is divide by south and north, south is represent spiritual and north is represent body and technology. Panembahan senopati marrying and copulate Kanjeng Ratu Kidul has meaning that in order more nearest with god must understand universe path and philosophic by the way “copulate” universe, without understanding it, then impossible become god beloved. If you understand universe philosophic then you can make balance, not destroying them and seeing the beautiful universe in harmony, that’s very wise.

Kanjeng Ratu Kidul legendary is becoming people story from a generation to next generation, most people assuming that Kanjeng Ratu Kidul is same with Nyi Roro Kidul, but I don’t care it. The most important for me is the philosophic about the legendary and not only the mythology, just only knowing mythology without philosophic is not to make problem solving.

11 Responses to "The Mystery of Yogyakarta: Kanjeng Ratu Kidul Mythology"

  1. papa deddy Says:

    is it dangerous to relay ratu kidul picture ???

  2. kyra.curapix Says:


  3. m4stono Says:

    @papa dedy
    halah, just a picture..she will not angry :)

  4. inetbuzz Says:

    emang misterius tuh ratu kidul

  5. Fachia Says:

    wah wah.. kanjeng ratu ya..? masih misterius juga sih..

  6. m4stono Says:

    really really misterious

  7. Anang Says:

    hmmmm..... ati2 didatengin dia lho pasang foto disini hahaha

  8. m4stono Says:

    ga papa wong dia kan cantik..hehe

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  10. Anonymous Says:

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  11. RoyJava Says:

    Great to read about GK Ratu Kidul, thanks for share.
    Come and see some more art-painting, greets salam, this is Roy James, Holland

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