"Rimpang's Stories", Kabupaten Aceh Besar_, RHIZOMATIC ARCHIPELAGO
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Five Women Sailors

English | Indonesia

Rhizomatic Archipelago “Live in” Notes in Kabupaten Aceh Besar, bordering Banda Aceh.

Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)

In world legend, there are at least five women who are known as skillful sailors, who are also experts in diplomacy and war strategy. For local residents, they are heroes. As for the other regions, they are scary figures and labeled as criminals, generally declared as pirates.

Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)

Keumalahayati (1550 – 1615, Kingdom of Aceh), was declared the first admiral in the world. But there are two names that controlled the seas before: Artemisia I of Caria (470s – 530s BC, Greece) and Sayyida al-Hurra (1485-1561, Morocco). And two afterward: Anne Dieu-Le-Veut (1661 – 1710, France) and Ching Shih (1775 – 1844, China). Maybe there are others, but haven’t hooked on my search.

Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)
Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)
Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)
Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)
Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)

That said, physical traces/relics/records of Keumala’s existence are not yet clear; it couldn’t be adequately declared as not a myth. Hopefully one day a “valid” material will be found. Someone also said that the story showed for the first time in a children’s fairy tale book made by a Dutchman.

Hmmm! In the meantime, I’m still on a hundred pages of homework that (want/ambition) can (hopefully) be read about.

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FERIAL AFFIF adalah seniman fleksibel yang telah aktif berkarya lebih dari 10 tahun. Saat ini ia berdomisili di Yogyakarta. Pola karyanya tak punya batasan maupun gaya tertentu, secara artistik dia kerap beralih-peran sebagai fasilitator/kurator/penulis/peneliti/produser/dsb. Dia senantiasa penasaran. berhubungan dengan orang lain serta kondisi kehidupan yang menyertainya, terutama tema lingkungan/gender/sejarah. Karyanya sempat hadir di berbagai kota di Indonesia dan negara lain seperti: Singapura,Myanmar, Jepang, Korea Selatan, India, Sri Lanka, Madagaskar, Switzerland, dan sebagainya, Ferial sejak 2012 menjadi anggota Lifepatch, sebuah inisiasi warga dalam seni-sains-teknologi. Sejak 2018 bersama Putri Wartawati, Ridwan Rau Rau, dan Yayasan Lingkar Semanggi (Tangerang) menginisiasi Expedition Camp sebuah forum temu dan berbagi per dua tahunan bagi para praktisi performans se-Asia.

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