Friday, October 29, 2010

Then and Now

THEN: Only 4 months ago my kids were camping in the area and we were taking pictures of it's beauty and admiring the tufts of smoke coming out of the top, it seemed so pretty.....back then.

Notice the volcano on the banner, it represents Mt. Merapi

The volcano in the background


I thought these last two shots looked like very similar areas. So very sad.

Just in case you did not see this on my FB page, here is part of an article that was written after the first three eruptions. I wanted you to get a picture of the belief system so prevalent in Macchiato:

"Among the dead from Tuesday's eruption was an 83-year-old man named Maridjan, who was entrusted by a late king from the nearby city of Yogyakarta to watch over the mountain's unpredictable spirits. He had refused to leave his house high on its slopes.
The discovery Wednesday of his ash-covered body, reportedly found in a position of Isl*mic prayer, kneeling face-down on the floor, rattled residents who for years joined his ceremonies to appease the rumbling giant by throwing rice, clothes and chickens into the crater.
Many people paid tribute to Maridjan on Facebook and Twitter.
"I'm more afraid than ever," said Prapto Wiyono, a 60-year-old farmer from the mountain village of Pangukrejo. "Who's going to tell us what's going on with Merapi?"


Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, the stakes are high - Souls of men.



The Gereckes said...

wow. heartbreaking.

Sonya said...

Hey! Wow I was wondering if you all were ok, so I'm guessing from this post that you are! So thankful! Lots of things happening in your area! Thanks for letting us know what's going on...that poor man...their belief system is very serious...I actually just watched "How to Train Your Dragon", and it reminded me of the movie when I read how people will throw rice and clothes and chickens into the crater to "appease" it. It's a good movie if you and your family haven't watched it yet btw :)