Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sulawesi Surprise!: Relics from the past

Even without the Portuguese and Dutch, I suppose the locals were always on a warpath. In the 16th century, when the Goa-Tallo dynasties were dominating the political and economical scene in Makassar, there was another kingdom called Bone kingdom made up of resentful Bugis who were bent on destroying Makassar. They allied with the Dutch East India Company in 1669 and became the next most important kingdom in southwest Sulawesi. Some of these Bugis then became traders and began to migrate to the Straits of Malacca and became involved in the local politics there. Today, at the district of Gowa, particularly at Bukit Kale Gowa, you'd get to see old tombs that remind one of that era...

Relics from the past...




Traveling Tip: Tombs tell!

3 comments:

Thomas C B Chua said...

They were / are marauders who would not stop at ransacking, plundering and robbing. The whole Sulu in the days of old was pirates' playground. You are fortunate to come home " unrobbed." Lol

footiam said...

Come to think about it - When we returned home, besides the airport tax, foreigners like us were required to make a COMPULSORY donation of about three thousand rupiah before getting our passport stamped. Now, do you think that's robbed or unrobbed?

Thomas C B Chua said...

.... that's charity !!! Btw, the creative, gentle and smiling Thais are even more brazen faced, and cheap skate, too, they charge us RM1.00 for stamping our border passes/passports. Those days they used to utter "Overtime...overtime.." now the stamping officers look into your eyes before landing their rubber stamps on your papers, short of extend their opened hand like beggars!

Have another serving of Travel Pangs!