Javanese lovebird Loro Blonyo
Have you ever seen a statue of a lovebird calmly sitting cross-legged wearing traditional Javanese wedding? The statue of that famous lovebird called Loro Blonyo. Loro Blonyo, in Javanese language has a meaning “Loro means two”, and ” Blonyo means makeup or dressed through the baths ceremonial”. Yet another note explains that the statue of Loro Blonyo has the meaning “two pedestals or base” which depicts a pair of men and women, which is also described as the pair Dewi Sri and Sedhana. It is said, the lovebird statue has a history, myth and philosophy involved a strong Javanese culture especially in Central Java and Yogyakarta-solo.
History, Myth and Philosophy of Loro Blonyo
In various stories Dewi Sri is always portrayed as a beautiful young lady, slender but plump-bodied and contained, with her natural beauty, typical beauty of her native archipelago. Dewi Sri is a symbol of a woman who was at the peak age of beauty, femininity and fertility. The high value of Javanese culture with high aesthetic taste depict the goddess Dewi Sri such depictions and aristocratic women in the puppet. Her thin white face with eyes looking down, her expression that is very graceful and quiet. The description is similar to the portrayal of beauty goddess Sita from the Ramayana story. Her partner, Sedhana is also illustrated as good as Rama.
According to historical records, the statue of Loro Blonyo existed in the leadership of Sultan Agung of Mataram kingdom in 1476. According to the Javanese folklore, Loro Blonyo is the embodiment of the Goddess Sri and Lord Vishnu who have been revered by the people of Java and Bali long before Islam developed. Manifestation of Hinduism was then adjusted to make it more universal, so that there is a significant change of the embodiment of a statue of Goddess Sri Bride and the groom.
Another note about the myth embraces the statue of Loro Blonyo lovebirds also evolved since ancient times. It is said that the statue of Loro Blonyo is embodiment of Dewi Sri and Raden Sadono. Dewi Sri is the goddess of fertility in Javanese folklore; she turned into paddy and then planted by the community, used as a staple food for people in the area. Javanese society believes that the statue of Loro Blonyo will give good influence to those who have Loro Blonyo in their house especially in fertility and domestic harmony impact
Loro Blonyo are favored today’s society
Philosophy and symbolic meaning contained in the statue that now exist as Loro Blonyo bridal pair is deeply for Javanese people. Initially, Loro Blonyo ownership is closely related to culture. It was only the aristocracies who have it. In joglo-Javanese traditional house, statues Loro Blonyo is put in sentong or placed in the center of the house. Sentong is a Part of the Javanese traditional house which is considered as privacy area of husband and wife. Based on the history, myths and philosophies, Loro Blonyo are favored today’s modern society and art lovers. Usually they buy Loro Blonyo because they believe in the myth that Loro Blonyo able to increase the harmony and prosperity of the family, some people buy it as a house’s interior or as a wedding present