Royal Ancestry Reveals Strong-willed Women

By Utami Diah Kusumawati I learned from my family that strong-willed and influential women of our royal ancestry had great roles in creating the history of my country, Indonesia. I remember the day I first learned about this heritage from my father,  Raden Untung Subarkah. “You are a Raden Rara,” he told me when I was an elementary student in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. “That is why I give you name Diah, which means a royal daughter.” Raden Rara is a nobility title given to Javanese women who have royal blood, especially from the eighth generation or after. Javanese...

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