READING M A C A P A T
This traditional dressed Javanese man, was reading Macapat. Macapat is a traditional Javanese song or poetry. The word macapat is not supposed to be derived from Old Javanese or Kawi and is not derived from the Javanese Medium or Old Javanese, but from the New Javanese language (Danusuprapta 1981: 151). New Javanese is the language used in Javanese literary works in the late 16th century AD.