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Finding the Queen by scarlet-dragonchild Finding the Queen by scarlet-dragonchild
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I started out wanting to try out Steampunk combined with traditional Indonesian elements, but at some point my mind sort of ran off with the idea and I ended up having way too much fun with little symbols and stuff.

The five gears in the center of the picture ended up representing Pancasila - the five basic principles of Indonesia : The cotton and paddy for social justice, the Bull's head for democracy, the Tree for unity, the Chain for humanity, and the Star for belief in God. In Indonesian lore, the nation is often referred to as 'Ibu Pertiwi' or 'Mother Earth', thus our journey of truly finding her :)

Hope you enjoy! :D

At the end of your journey, you will find yourself in the halls of the Queen.

Some calls her the Mother. Some calls her Prativi, like the earth herself. Some says she watches over the land since the dawn of time, holding the soil and water of our home close to her heart. And still some others scoffs and denies that she exists at all.
Yet there she is before you, and she beckons you to come closer.

You will kneel before her and kiss her hand.
And she will give you five things.

A bale of cloth and rice, for you to use and share with all who journey with you
The horn of a bull, to call upon your kin in hours of need
The seed of a mighty tree, to plant and one day shelter ones you love
A garland of chains, to remind you that everyone you meet are equal parts of the same circle
And a shard of the sky, to light and guide your way in the darkest of places.

The Queen will say that finding her is not the end of your journey. It is merely a beginning. And these things, these five things are for you to keep and use as you continue on. Use them well. Keep them close to your heart.

She then smiles and whispers.
"I believe in you"
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One of my very favorite pieces of artwork on DA. Every time I see it, I like it more.  Thank you!  :-)
Indigo-Moon-Shadow Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! There is so much meaning to it. Thank you for explaining it all.
Not only are the colors and details beautiful, this picture does what all good pictures do--it tells a story.
Your art work is truly incredible, thank you for sharing.
This is just wonderful. And it's done with traditional art, I can only imagine how satisfying it was to lose yourself in this. I'm jealous of your talent and imagination.
Low-rain Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! ♥
This is such a brilliant combination. For the record I adore the way you draw roots and tree trunks and long dresses.
BiBiARTs Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful work... send you a request of my group :iconsoulcollectors:
Thank you for the invitation :)
BiBiARTs Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
always my pleasure and thanks for the accept. If you want feel free to join us!!! :love:
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