Located in west Java near the village of Lembang is the active volcanoe of Tangkuban Perahu. I beleive the english translation is ” Upside down Ship”
Once you get to the lip of the caldera, you can hear the gasses escaping from the earth, and the strong smell of sulfer. While here, I recommend taking the small one mile hike to the Sacred Spring and recieve the blessing from the mountain spirit who dwells here.
The local legend of its creation tells of “Dayang Sumbi”, a beauty who lived in West Java. She cast away her son “Sangkuriang” for disobedience, and in her sadness was granted the power of eternal youth by the gods. After many years in exile, Sangkuriang decided to return to his home, long after the two had forgotten and failed to recognize each other. Sangkuriang fell in love with Dayang Sumbi and planned to marry her, only for Dayang Sumbi to recognize his birthmark just as he was about to go hunting. In order to prevent the marriage from taking place, Dayang Sumbi asked Sangkuriang to build a dam on the river Citarum and to build a large boat to cross the river, both before the sunrise. Sangkuriang meditated and summoned mythical ogre-like creatures -buta hejo or green giant(s)- to do his bidding. Dayang Sumbi saw that the tasks were almost completed and called on her workers to spread red silk cloths east of the city, to give the impression of impending sunrise. Sangkuriang was fooled, and upon believing that he had failed, kicked the dam and the unfinished boat, resulting in severe flooding and the creation of Tangkuban Perahu from the hull of the boat.
Mount Merapi Below:
Mount Merapi is an active volcano in Java, and in Indonesia they call it Gunung Merapi. It is located near central java and Yogyakarta. It is the most active volcano and erupts regularly, and some of the eruptions are harmful. Smoke comes out of the volcano at least 300 times a year. On November 22, 1994, the hot gas from the volcano killed around 27 people, in the town of Muntilan, which is west of the volcano. Another eruption occurred a little bit before the Yogyakarta earthquake in 2006. Since all of these eruptions, it is in the Decade Volcanos.
The name Merapi is translated as the Mountain of Fire, and the etymology is from the Javanese words Meru which translates “mountain”, and “api”, which translates as fire. It used to be called Mount Jamurdipo, but in honor of the spirits, the name was later changed to Mount Merapi. Mount Merapi is known to have many spirits. It is heard that there is a complete spirit kingdom inside of the volcano with roads, princes and princesses, servants, thrones and the whole package. It is rumored that the population of the kingdom is filled with spirits that died as righteous people. The spirits sometimes come into the people who live around the volcano’s dreams as warnings or given prophecies.
The Indonesian government was becoming worried about the residents near the volcano ever since the 2006 eruption. Now the volcano is on watch and if it is about to erupt, they warn the villagers to move to a safer area. Mount Merapi is a very interesting place, and if you stop by in Java, you should most definitely visit it.