Skip to main content

Gupolo statue

Arca Gupolo or Agastya statue site is a collection of seven Hindu-style statues which are scattered in a valley in Sambirejo Village, Prambanan District, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia. Site in the middle of the forest and surrounded by black bamboo clumps.

Gupolo is the nickname of the locals for the 2 meter high statue of Agastya inside the site. The Agastya statue has been eroded and seems not too perfect, but the trident weapon as a symbol of Lord Shiva is still clearly visible, three reliefs of the human face beside his face and wearing clothes with floral motifs that look faint.

Dlium Gupolo statue

Around the Agastya statue are smaller statues of Hindu gods in a sitting position and currently have no head. Near the statues are a well as a clear spring which is still used by local residents. Gupolo archaeological site in the middle of barren limestone land, but this spring is never dry even though the dry season is long.



The history of the Gupolo Statue is still mysterious today. Some stories were told by local people that Gupolo was the name of the patih or prime minister during the reign of King Ratu Boko. Meanwhile Gupolo is another name for Agastya for a great man, very powerful and respected in Hinduism.



Gupolo earned his nickname as the great teacher by the people and was believed to be the embodiment of Lord Shiva in the world who descended to teach darma. Even his name already exists in the Ramayana and Mahabarata books.

Comments

Popular

Porang (Amorphophallus muelleri)

Porang or iles-iles (Amorphophallus muelleri) is a plant species in Araceae, the leaves are pseudo stems with a height of 40-180 cm and a diameter of 1-5 cm, tubular, green with irregular white patches, each branching point grows bulbil colored brown and yellow tubers.

A. muelleri has pseudo stems and leaves that are bright green to dark green and have greenish white patches. The surface of the stalk is smooth, while the leaves are smooth wavy. Ellipse-shaped leaves with pointed tips.


When flushing has 3, 4-5, 5-6 and finally 6 minor leaf strands with 3 small leaf stems. Young leaves have edges that are light purple, green and will end yellow with a width of 0.3-0.5 mm. Canopy has a width of 50-150 cm.

Stems grow on tubers with a diameter of 25-50 mm and height 75-175 cm. The color of the tuber is brownish or beige on the outer surface and brownish on the inside, rather oval and stringy roots, weight 450-3350 grams, fine tissue, 4-5 months dormant period and 35-55% glucomannan content.

God is tools

OPINION - God and spirit are controversial discussions in science and even mythology will have no place among naturalists and for Darwinians. Apparently this has been final that mythology is a delusional, mystical and superstitious concept that cannot be empirically proven in the world of science.

Most scientists and science activists have agreed that god is nonsense, delusional and cannot be accommodated in the theory of evolution. This opinion can be understood methodologically and I agree with the sentences. But so many behaviors are very real and occur in the field.


I am a fieldman who goes to the wild every day, along rice fields and forests to watch insects to plants, talk to people especially in villages, visit Hindu-Buddhist temples built in the 8th century, witnessing busyness in mosques, temples and churches.

I feel something is missing in the view of naturalists and Darwinians. There are short moments that are missed in analyzes in the timeline of human evolution. These lit…

Javanese grasshopper (Valanga nigricornis)

Wooden grasshoppers or wooden walang or Javanese grasshopper (Valanga nigricornis) are grasshopper species in Acrididae and have around 18 subspecies, most of which are endemic to various island groups in Indonesia. This insect has a very broad sexual dimorphism where males have a length of 45-55 millimeters and females 15-75 mm.

V. nigricornis is yellowish brown or yellowish or green with bluish black marks. The back wing is rose red when flying. The nymphs are pale green and dark. They live in forests, bushes and really like the leaves of the giant sensitive plant (Mimosa diplotricha) and giant sensitive tree (Mimosa pigra).


Javanese grasshopper has one generation every year where four eggs are placed on moist soil in forest clearing. The eggs are not active throughout the dry season and it takes six to eight months to hatch.

The eggs hatch into nymphs and pass seven instar stages before becoming winged adults. Wood grasshoppers are solitary insects and do not form flocks, but outbre…