By: Grace Susetyo/first published in Jakarta Expat Most of us have heard of India’s Kama Sutra and Tunisia’s Perfumed Garden.
Every ancient agricultural society has its own celebration of fertility, sensual pleasure, and romance. But with the advent of sociopolitical conservatism in Indonesia, it is hard to imagine the existence of a Javanese sex bookthat “keeps it real” without losing its civilised finesse and religious compass.
In the interest of compiling a written record of the entire Javanese cultural heritage, the Prince sent two royal scribes on a journey across Java, and another one to Mecca.
They are now housed in the Yogyakarta and Surakarta palaces, the University of Leiden, and in the possession of variouscollectors.
Despite the fact that most Javanese commoners have never read Centhini, its verses permeated the folk’s culture through music and arts.
You may also observe the coloring of your birds' feathers -- across different mutations, the male typically has a darker-colored head than the female.
If you are unable to determine whether your java finch is a male or female, take him to your avian vet, who can perform a simple DNA test.