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Series EN 003

on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:55
Life in Batavia
Life in Batavia

They were characterized by different religions. Chinese people who believed in the traditional Chinese faith: Confucian or Buddhist, met with Dutch who were Christian. For rulers, religion seemed to be the chief regulator of the way of life. For the Chinese religion was not perceived as fully outlined by the humans’ regulations. But life was governed by the nature and blend with God. Batavia became not belong to the ruler with full religious rules, but Batavia belonged to all human beings who lived in diverse cultures and belief. Therefore, if a ruler tored tranquility for the sake of power, Batavia turned out to be turbulent, angry, and life became chaos, unrest that harmed anyone.

After the collapsed of Jayakarta and the establishment of Batavia, the town was not a town of Kumpeni (the Dutch), but controlled by Kumpeni. Batavia was a town of immigrants with different cultures as a forerunner to the metropolitan. Diverse culture had fostered its own culture: a strong Batavian culture. Batavian was one who may differ in religion and skin color but had his own peculiar characteristics. Batavia was the compartmentalized Metropolitan by ethnicity but flowed and mingled with colorful differences in peace.

But by the mid-eighteenth century Batavia had lost its civility that was not recognized by the authorities who concerned themselves. Batavia in 1730an was a sick town, the town's health was very bad, rebellion, which buried friendship and love. 1740 event was the fall of Batavia as cultural unity. Batavia, which was established with the wall and the surrounding canals, described the fear of the ruler to the people around him.

The threat that gave color to the decisions of urban life, in authoritarian way generated continuous violence. From here this story begins….