Author: I Gusti Putu Phalgunadi
Publisher: Sundeep Prakashan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 818506797X
The Pararaton is a sixteenth century historical text composed in medieval Kawi language, which deals with the ancient history of South- East Asia in general, and the Indonesian archipelago in particular. Apart from it, there is only one historical text on this subject. This work titled Nagarakrtagama is a fourteenth century text composed by Rakawi Prapanca of the Majapahit kingdom in verse form in classical Kawi language.
The Pararaton makes an interesting reading of myths and reality, wars, hegemony, palace intrigues, diplomatic manoeuvres, succession of kings and, the rise and fall of the two most mighty empires, namely Sinhasari and Majapahit. Apart from the political history, the reader also comes to know about trade relations, religious influence and culture traits of the contemporary Indonesian society. Even details of flora and fauna have found a place in the text.
A NOTE ON THE PRONUNCIATION OF THE WORDS
I. Historical Values of the Pararaton
II. The Manuscripts
III. Political History of Indonesia
A. Sinhasari Dynasty : 1222-1292 A.D.
B. Maja-pahit Dynasty : 1293-1478 A.D.
IV. The Sinhasari and Maja-Pahit Administrative System
A. Central Government
B. Provincial Government
V. Cultural Life as Depicted in the Chronicle
1. Classical Javanese Calendar
2. Social Life
3. Religious Life
4. Economic Life
5. Art and Architecture
6. Flora and Fauna
KAWI TEXT AND ENGLISH TRANSLATION
1. Kings Referred to in the Pararaton
2. Genealogical Tree of Sinhasari Dynasty
3. Genealogical Tree of Maja-pahit
4. Chartof Balinese Letters