Suara Keheningan |Inosensius I. Sigaze
The social media in Indonesia is buzzing with news about Jokowi inaugurating the IKN Nusantara logo. The IKN logo was designed by a designer from Bandung, Aulia Akbar. In some of these reports, I heard brief explanations about this logo and the philosophy behind it.
In the IKN logo, five pillars symbolize the Five Precepts of Pancasila. The Five Precepts of Pancasila support the seven major islands, and at the top, there are 17 branches. The number 17 reminds this nation of the Proclamation of Independence. As a designer, Aulia Akbar has a vision that reflects, at least to some extent, the soul of this nation.
Interestingly, as a whole, the IKN Nusantara logo is inspired by the Hayat tree. The Hayat tree grows in almost all regions in Indonesia and can be the largest tree among all the types of trees that grow in Indonesia. Not only is the trunk size large, but the Hayat tree also has many roots, and thick branches, and resembles an umbrella.
I agree with Aulia Akbar about the philosophy of the Hayat tree as a symbol, indicating that IKN will become the capital of the Indonesian archipelago, protecting us all. Therefore, this paper aims to examine the IKN logo in greater detail from various perspectives, such as the language and culture of the Indonesian people in their perception of the Hayat tree.
The Hayat Tree: Its Names and Meanings
Most Indonesian people also know the Hayat tree by the name of the Kalpataru tree. Kalpataru means desire, while Hayat comes from Arabic, meaning life. In German language literature, I came across an awe-inspiring realization that Hayat means "das Leben" or life.
"Das Leben," or life, signifies that the Hayat tree represents the living tree or the tree of life. However, the question remains: what kind of life? In the article, the word "Leben" is preceded by the neutral article "das."
In German concepts, "das" is the neutral article. I concur with this interpretation because I believe that the philosophy of the Tree of Life or the Tree of Life gains profound significance when it reflects the meaning of the word.
An all-encompassing life is, of course, a neutral life. The concept of neutrality has positioned IKN at the center of Indonesian territory. However, neutrality is not solely about geographical layout but also about the principle of coexisting amidst the diversity that exists in Indonesia.
Through IKN Nusantara, a new hope emerges for justice. It doesn't focus on articles like "der Baum" or the tree with Power, or showcase its femininity "die Stadt" (city), but rather on life "das Leben."
The issue of life, which demands attention, pertains to human life, the life of the people of this nation. From another perspective, this reflective emphasis will aid in a deeper understanding of this nation's perception of the philosophy behind the IKN logo itself.
Neutrality is not solely related to life but also extends to matters concerning the "die Stadt" city and the environment. In this case, neutrality can be interpreted as equitable development for collective progress without a sense of centrality.
Tree of Life in Cultural Understanding
I believe the Hayat tree is a unique tree with numerous names and stories. In this article, I aim to highlight the name and story of the Hayat tree from the cultural background of the Flores people. In my region, the Hayat tree is referred to as the "beringin" tree.
This tree is highly dense and typically grows in populated areas. There are several traditional rituals in the villages that are still associated with the Hayat tree. For instance, in Ende, there is a ritual to welcome the birth of a baby, where the placenta is brought to the Hayat tree. During this ritual, the term "tu huni" is used. This belief stems from the idea that the newborn will be protected, strong, and live a fulfilling life.
On the other hand, in various other regions, there is a funeral ritual where the deceased's body is wrapped and hung on the Hayat tree. It is not surprising that the Hayat tree is often associated with an eerie and intimidating presence.
Many people also believe that there is a living spiritual force within it. Interestingly, the Ende people refer to the Hayat tree in their local language as "puu Zeze." "Puu" means tree, but it also signifies foundation, while "zeze" means to listen.
Therefore, translated, it means a listening tree. The reflection of different cultures can serve as a complementary element to the philosophy of the Hayat tree, which is widely recognized and associated with IKN Nusantara. Perhaps the name in the Ende language will become a symbol of the spirituality of IKN Nusantara.
This is not only about maintaining neutrality but also about a capital that can listen. The message about listening, when understood in German, will greatly support the comprehension of the name Hayat itself. "Das Hören" (hearing) will likely become an essential element in Indonesia's vision for the future.
Imagine someone living without hearing, they would feel helpless and unable to connect. They wouldn't hear people's cries, nor could they respond to ongoing discussions and debates because they wouldn't be able to hear them.
The Forgotten Interpretation of the IKN Nusantara Logo
The concept and philosophy of the IKN Nusantara logo have deeply touched upon important figures in the history of this nation. However, it is equally significant to consider alternative interpretations of the same logo. I don't merely perceive the number 17 but rather envision it growing from a round center, creating an impression that extends outward.
My imagination was captivated by the idea of the sun shining from the East. The base of the beam of light forms a central spot that is pure and pristine at its core. To me, this represents the symbol of the determination of the people of this nation, founded on pure-hearted honesty, to build our beloved country of Indonesia.
Our nation aspires to continue shining brightly, standing tall on the roots and foundations of the Five Precepts of Pancasila. The backdrop of beauty always casts its undeniable shadow. The pillars that uphold this nation have never faltered in the face of will (Kalpataru), as long as the people of this nation stand united under one legal umbrella and embrace the true understanding of Unity in Diversity.
Contemplating the Numbers in the IKN Nusantara Logo
The logo features the numbers 5, 7, and 17. Are there any implications tied to these numbers? When added together, they sum up to 29. Could this possibly signify the year 2029, when Indonesia will have achieved developed nation status? When multiplied, the result is 595. Does this foretell the collapse of Indonesia?
This nation endured colonization for 350 years and has enjoyed independence for almost 77 years, leaving 168 years remaining. What lies ahead when Indonesia reaches the age of 595 years? Will it have become a major global power, influencing the world at large? In just 168 years, is it conceivable for Indonesia to develop into a prosperous nation with significant influence?
Upon personal exploration, the number 595 is discovered to be a combination of the distinctive vibrations of the numbers 5 and 9, with the number 5 appearing twice. The number 5 represents positive life choices, periods of significant change, progress, motivation, liberation, dedication, and the embrace of new opportunities.
Meanwhile, the number 9 signifies the attributes of humanity, altruism, light, enlightenment, spiritual awakening, spiritual wisdom, and universal spiritual law. Human interpretation and imagination are rooted in the freedom of opinion. Thus, anyone can read and interpret it, gauging the level of objectivity based on existing literature and potential analysis.
IKN Nusantara will undoubtedly continue to triumph, much like the Hayat tree, the Tree of Life, which provides shelter and protection to all, illuminating our path with fair, prosperous, and abundant wisdom.
Warm regards, Ino, 31.05.2023.