Hello GNFI readers, Here I am, a very new GNFI contributor, contemplating on what to write for my very first post. Then, I remembered that I have an assignment at school--a research paper on an Asian Achievement. Because I am attending an International School in China, everyone automatically chooses either a Chinese or Korean achievement. I, however, being the proud Indonesian that I am, decided to do a little research on Indonesian heroes, and chose Gajah Mada as my topic. When I think of it, this can be a good topic for GNFI, too, since it does portray a great Indonesian. So even if this might be a little random, this is my paper on Gajah Mada. I. Introduction In the late 13th century, one of the most powerful ancient Hindu kingdoms of Indonesia was established. In 1293, the Majapahit Kingdom was founded by Raden Wijaya, who was known to be a very wise man. The capital city of the kingdom was in Trowulan, East Java, and this was where one of the most famous national heroes of Indonesia rose to power (Marsudi et al. 61). After King Wijaya died, his son, Jayanagara, replaced him as king. Though King Wijaya was a wise ruler, his son was very different from him. He was far from wise and the people of Majapahit disliked him. Therefore, a lot of rebellions happened during his reign. This led to a major rebellion in 1319, where Gajah Mada—the first man to unite Indonesia—began his rise to power. He was the most important figure in Majapahit history and an Indonesian national hero (Marsudi et al. 61-62). Gajah Mada’s determination, intelligence and loyalty were not the only things that made him an important historical figure; the fact that he united Indonesia gave inspiration to Indonesians even in the 21st century. II. Gajah Mada’s Rise to Power
- A. The Kuti Rebellion
- B. The Reign of Queen Tribuwanatunggadewi
- A. The Spread of Majapahit Rule
- B. The Battle of Bubat
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