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La Galigo

Documentary heritage submitted by Indonesia and the Netherlands and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2011.

© Museum La Galigo
Four major LG publications, Kern 1939,1989 + Salim et al 199

La Galigo is a poetic text set in a strict metre and using a particular Bugis vocabulary. Its language is considered beautiful and difficult. The work is also known by the name Sureq Galigo. Dating from approximately the 14th century and with its origin in oral traditions, its contents are pre-Islamic and of an epic-mythological nature of high literary quality. The size of the whole work is enormous (an estimated 6000 folio pages) and may be considered as the most voluminous literary work in the world.

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