Old Javanese literatures are rich of themes which mostly are related to way of lives, goodness values and ideas, which unfortunately is not easy to understand their meaning because they were often written in philosophical phrases. We have to accept the fact that study on Old Javanese literature are mostly focused on its formal aspects such as the composing basic principles and story line. While on the other side, studies of reliefs based on Old Javanese literature at Hindu-Buddhist monuments are often focused on the physical appearance, carving style, and measurement aspects. This paper is intended to reveal the hidden meanings of some Old Javanese literature as depicted in the Old Javanese sacred monuments from the 13th—15th century using what is called semiosis process. The study is based on the Charles Sanders Peirce’s semiotic theory. The trichotomy structure (sihn—referent—interpretant) is used in analyzing the meanings behind the carved stories and the composing of the story itself.
|Published - 2004