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This is my bachelor thesis project that I made during my last semester of uni. The book about Indonesian mythical creatures, featuring 17 creatur… Read More
This is my bachelor thesis project that I made during my last semester of uni. The book about Indonesian mythical creatures, featuring 17 creatures from all over Indonesia, and classified based on 4 main astrology's elements. The creation of this book is expected to increase people's interest and knowledge towards mythology and culture in Indonesia through its mythical creatures. Read Less
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Belis : A Compendium of Indonesian Mythical Creatures

Back then, stories about mythical creatures were derived from mythology, passed down from generation to generation and became part of culture. Nowadays, these mythical creatures are perceived more as a joke and are mostly forgotten.  

The title Belis was taken from ancient Javanese language, meaning ghost or mythical creature. Why Java? because Java Island has the biggest ethnic subdivision out of many Islands in Indonesia, so it resulted the cultural development and also told to have the largest amount of mythical creatures.
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© 2012 Gema Semesta
Aru-Aru - This chapter explains about mythical creatures of wood element, which usually can be found in the forest or tree.
Banyu - This chapter explains about mythical creatures of water element, which usually can be spotted in rivers, streams, or seas.
Suluh - This chapter explains about mythical creatures of fire element, which have power derives from fire or heat.
Golek - This chapter explains about mythical creatures of earth element, who dwell under the grave or have power from the earth.