The Life of Prince Diponegoro of Yogyakarta, 1785–1855
Chapter III: Pilgrimage to the South Coast, circa 1805
Pilgrimage to the South Coast, circa 1805
Lelono: Spiritual Wanderings as Rite de Passage
Diponegoro’s emergence into manhood was marked by a number of significant events: the passing of his great-grandmother on 17 October 1803, his investiture as Raden Ontowiryo on 3 September 1805, and his lavish kraton nuptials on 27 February 1807 (Chapter II). These last could be perceived as something of an official court rite de passage between his pre-pubescent years at Tegalrejo and the beginning of his young adult life as a Javanese nobleman.
Whereas for most of his contemporaries, such a young adult life might now have entailed family responsibilities around the Yogya kraton, for Diponegoro there was an added dimension. A second and more meaningful rite de passage – this time an extended form of spiritual wandering or lelono – loomed. This would confirm the spiritual practices of his youth and clarify his prophetic destiny. What this entailed has been well expressed by the Javanese historian Soemarsaid Moertono (1976:20–1):
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