Primbon: Representation of Kraton Yogyakarta

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Issue Vol. 5 No. 1 (2022)
Published Jan 30, 2022
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7454/in.v5i1.177
Submitted : Aug 10, 2021 | Accepted : Jan 17, 2022

Ami Arfianti Murni Rachmawati Purwanita Setijanti

Abstract

Primbon as Javanese local knowledge has been a guide for Javanese everyday and ritual life, included buildings, for decades. This paper intends to investigate the use of primbon in the Kraton Yogyakarta (Palace of Yogyakarta) as the representation of the sultan (king). The investigation was conducted through interpretive criticism to reveal the degree of conformity under the rules and principles in primbon as an attempt to form a new perspective in understanding the primbon. The analysis focuses on verses 172 and 194–196 of Primbon Betaljemur Adammakna, which deals with the arrangement of buildings. By transliterating the verses into English and interpreting the application of the verses in Kraton Yogyakarta, the study demonstrated the manifestation of the primbon verses in the kraton’s building arrangement. The study of primbon reveals the role of kraton as the representation of the earth in the universe, while the representation here displays the hierarchical arrangement of building facilities, from sacred to nonsacred or from private to public.

Keywords: primbon, representation, Kraton Yogyakarta

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Arfianti, A., Rachmawati, M., & Setijanti, P. (2022). Primbon: Representation of Kraton Yogyakarta. Interiority, 5(1), 115–132. https://doi.org/10.7454/in.v5i1.177
Author Biographies

Ami Arfianti, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia

Ami Arfianti is a student of doctoral program at the Department of Architecture, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya. She received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Brawijaya University and a master’s degree in Critic and Theory of Architecture from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember in Surabaya, Indonesia. Her current academic employment is with Universitas Pembangunan Nasional Veteran Jawa Timur (UPNVJT). Her research interest is in history, critic, theory, and design of architecture, especially concerning local knowledge.

Murni Rachmawati, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia

Murni Rachmawati is a lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya. She obtained her undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember. Her research interest is in theory, history, and architectural criticism.

Purwanita Setijanti, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia

Purwanita Setijanti is currently a lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya. Her research interest is in the function and value of architecture in the built environment

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