La Galigo acknowledged



The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has put South Sulawesi’s ancient literary epic La Galigo on the Memory of the World (MOW) list, making it the second document from Indonesia after Negarakertagama in 2008 to earn the acknowledgement.

UNESCO Indonesia national commission head Arif Rahman handed over the MOW certificate to South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo on Thursday evening in the province’s capital of Makassar. The governor will then submit it with the National Archives Board.

The submitted volumes tell many ancient stories, including about the origins of humans in South Sulawesi, and have often become a primary reference for research on the Bugis people – the major ethnicity in the province. Another volume, comprising 217 pages, tells a story about the journey of Sawerigading and his son La Galigo to Sinrijawa.

Jakarta Post