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Mbah Maridjan-The Guard of Mountain Merapi.

Updated on October 30, 2013
Mbah Maridjan
Mbah Maridjan
Deadly pyroclastic called Wedhus Gembel emitted by Mt. Merapi.
Deadly pyroclastic called Wedhus Gembel emitted by Mt. Merapi. | Source

Merapi , dubbed as the wildest volcano in Indonesia, its wilderness has taken victims again. More than 30 people killed in the explosion on October 26, 2010, which one of the victims was Mbah Maridjan (83).The hot wave brought by "Wedhus Gembel" (clusters of brown pyroclastic which made similar appearance to herds of dirty-shaggy sheep) which the temperature could reach more than 650 ° C believed to be the cause of his death.

Mbah Maridjan was a figure who devoted his entire life for Merapi. He had lived at the foot of the vulcano for more than 80 years, persistently encouraged surrounding people, climbers and visitors to conserve the environment of Merapi. His spiritualism also enlightened others to respect the mountain and he used to conduct sacred rituals so that God Almighty lavished protection to the mountain.

Mbah Maridjan's loyalty and dedication had aroused Sultan (The King) Hamengkubuwono IX of Yogjakarta to place him as one of the Royal Servants and endowed him with royal title Mas Penewu Surakso Hargo.

His endless loyalty remained undaunted despite the looming manace from Merapi on October 26 and when he said his Magrib (dusk) prayer, came the Wedhus Gembel with its deadly heat and took his life in the position of Sujud (a movement in muslim prayer when forehead touches earth).

Farewell Mbah Maridjan. The nation prays for your best place to rest in heaven. Amen.


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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      @PeggyW: Mbah Maridjan is a rare figure who devoted his life for the conservation of Merapi areas. thank you very much Peggy.

      @Prasetio30: Thank you very much Prasetio. We all have learned from this humble, dedicated person.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Mbah Maridjan is the best. He has special places for Indonesian people, including me. I know his dedication in taking care Merapi Mount. I have to learn from his spirit. Very inspiring hub. Rating up!


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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a nice tribute you wrote to the memory of Mbah Maridjan! Now I know of him because of this hub. Thank you.

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      There is always a new hero born in time. Thank you for reading almirah.

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      almirah 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Farewell to Mbah Maridjan. He had been fenomenal during his life time. After he's gone, wonder now who will be in his position...

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      @Freya Cesare. Yes, you're right he's made good name from being his perseverance, loyalty and being humble. Thank you Cesare.

      @Bbudoyono. Welcome back and thank you for your visit Pak.

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      Bbudoyono 7 years ago

      From zero to hero. That's mbah Marijan.

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      Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi roji'un

      Yes, he is gone now. That humble public figure from Merapi slope. Farewell.