The Sufi poet and the peculiar whale (part one)

In this article, the first in a two-part series, PoP's textual historian Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan gives an introduction and translation of a 16th-century Sufi poem by Hamzah, one of the greatest poets in the Malay language. The second article in the series will offer an in-depth commentary on the poem's symbols and references. Sufi Poetry … Continue reading The Sufi poet and the peculiar whale (part one)

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PoP x New Mandala

Just over 18 months ago, the Perspectives on the Past blog was born. Its mission is to bring new topics and perspectives on the Southeast Asian past to interested readers. Grounded in research, the blog's articles have covered the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Cambodia, from a wide variety of disciplinary standpoints: history, archaeology, museology, … Continue reading PoP x New Mandala

Historical Perspectives on Philippine Contemporary Art

In this ‘experiment’, four members of Perspectives of the Past visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) for Passion + Procession: Art of the Philippines and write four mini-reviews about their experience based on their diverse backgrounds (museum and heritage studies, performance studies, history and archaeology). We publish the four reviews over four … Continue reading Historical Perspectives on Philippine Contemporary Art

UNESCO heritage-lists Indonesian wooden boat building

PoP first came across Jeffrey Mellefont, an Honorary Research Associate at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM), when we read one of his lyrical articles in Signals about viewing a total solar eclipse while sailing in the Moluccas ("All I can say is, how extraordinary to live in a solar system where  our one and only … Continue reading UNESCO heritage-lists Indonesian wooden boat building

Five reasons why I don’t always like art galleries

In this ‘experiment’, four members of Perspectives of the Past visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) for Passion + Procession: Art of the Philippines and write four mini-reviews about their experience based on their diverse backgrounds (museum and heritage studies, performance studies, history and archaeology). We publish the four reviews over four … Continue reading Five reasons why I don’t always like art galleries

To infinity and beyond: the Singapore History Gallery (review)

The Singapore History Gallery at the National Museum of Singapore is, like any other historical exhibition, carefully staged. The production of such a place, or more accurately, the production of the experience of such a place, requires the expertise of dramatists, storytellers, scriptwriters, lighting, sound and set designers, and even actors, as Mark Ravinder Frost … Continue reading To infinity and beyond: the Singapore History Gallery (review)