Majapahit- Greatest Last Hindu Empire of South East Asia

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  1. Ignorant

    Ignorant New Member

    Gajah Mada (which translates as Elephant General) was the famous Hindu general and prime minister who served the Great Hindu Majapahit emperor Hayam Wuruk in 14th century Java. He is known for uniting the Indonesian islands (Nusantara) under one kingdom, stretching from Sumatra, Malaysia, Singapore and Southern Thailand in the west to the Moluccas, Timor and New Guinea in the East.In modern Indonesia he serves as a symbol of patriotism and is still an important national hero to this day.

    It is said that it was during his appointment as mahapatih under queen Tribhuwanatunggadewi that Gajah Mada took his famous oath, Palapa Oath or Sumpah Palapa.

    “Sira Gajah Mada pepatih amungkubumi tan ayun amukita palapa, sira Gajah Mada : Lamun huwus kalah nusantara Ingsun amukti palapa, lamun kalah ring Gurun, ring Seram, Tanjungpura, ring Haru, ring Pahang, Dompo, ring Bali, Sunda, Palembang, Temasek, samana ingsun amukti palapa “

    "Gajah Mada, the prime minister, said he will not taste any spice. Said Gajah Mada : If Nusantara (Nusantara= Nusa antara= external territories) are lost, I will not taste "palapa" ("fruits and or spices"). I will not if the domain of Gurun, domain of Seram, domain of Tanjungpura, domain of Haru, Pahang, Dompo, domain of Bali, Sunda, Palembang, Tumasik, in which case I will never taste any spice."

    While often interpreted literally to mean that Gajah Mada would not allow his food to be spiced (palapa is the prose combination of pala apa= any fruits/spices) the oath is sometimes interpreted to mean that Gajah Mada would abstain from all earthly pleasures until he conquered the entire known archipelago for Majapahit.

    Even his closest friends were at first doubtful of his oath, but Gajah Mada kept pursuing his dream to unify Nusantara under the glory of Majapahit.

    Gajah Mada belonged to Agama tradition of Hinduism

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