Merapi: The Fire Mountain is an interactive book about the Merapi Volcano in Java, Indonesia, with a focus on the Earth science and the life and culture about and around the volcano. The interactive book project has a strong educational orientation, and is scheduled to be released in mid-2016 as a free ebook for tablets and possibly an interactive website.
We use traditional storytelling to explain a variety of concepts, and we also explored some of Merapi’s mythical legends. Ng Phuong illustrated the legend of Nyai Loro Kidul, the mythical Queen of the Southern Sea of Java. Jegannath Ramanujam illustrated the Javanese legend of Panembahan Senopati, the founding king of the Mataram Sultanate, and his relationship with the Queen of the Southern Java Sea.
Images with white by Ng Phuong, last three images by Jegannath Ramanujam.