By William Cummings

The chronicles of Gowa and Talloq are crucial historic resources for the research of pre-colonial Makassar. they've got supplied the fundamental framework and masses of the knowledge that we own concerning the origins, progress, and growth of Gowa throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. in this interval Gowa and its shut best friend Talloq grew to become the main robust strength within the japanese Indonesian archipelago, and historians have relied seriously at the chronicles to chart the advancements of this era. to be had for the 1st time in English translation, the 2 texts will provide historians and different students a useful beginning on which to base interpretations of this important position and time in Indonesian historical past. This quantity is needed studying for students of pre-modern Southeast Asia, together with historians, linguists, anthropologists, and others. complete textual content (Open entry)

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My translation inevitably contains more words than the original, and in so doing trades some of that conciseness for readability in English without going so far as to completely elide the nature of the original texts. There is also the practical problem that Makassarese chronicles are not easy to interpret, even if the script can be reconstructed without difficulty. The terseness of expression and the writer’s assumption on the reader’s part of a wealth of social and cultural context means that even comparatively simple passages can validly be interpreted in two or more ways.

Even the short narrative appendix to the Gowa chronicle may represent an embryonic effort to compose another section that was intended to continue the chronicle. Extant texts also provide evidence of the changes incorporated by successive chroniclers. These changes are more consequential than the minor variations or white noise discussed above. In a recent article, Campbell Macknight and Ian Caldwell (2001) discussed more meaningful variations among Bugis texts. They found five levels of variation of increasing size.

In the second instance, during the account of Tunijalloq’s reign the Gowa chronicle reads, ‘The lands conquered during the reign of Tumamenang ri Makkoayang are not discussed here, but later in the discussion of Tumamenang ri Makkoayang’. This information is indeed found in the Talloq chronicle, but these two instances of intertextuality must be weighed against evidence suggesting that the two works are separate (there are also two instances where the writers of the Gowa chronicle refer readers to points later in the Gowa chronicle).

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