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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.”

Raven Rara is a nobility title given to Javanese women who have royal blood, especially from the eighth generation or after. Javanese is one of the largest ethnic groups in Indonesia, which has 300 ethnic and linguistic groups throughout its archipelago, according to worldpopulationreview.com.

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