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In the beginning of the 15th century the Javanese
Majapahit empire was in decline, buckling under
internal turbulence and weakened by the increasing
muslim presence. The ruler Brawijaya was told by his
chief priest that after 40 days, the title of Raja of
Majapahit would cease to exist. The king had such
implicit faith in the prediction that before the deadline,
he had himself burned alive. His son, unable to
withstand the muslim invasion, fled with his entire
court of priests, intellectuals, artists and musicians to
his last remaining colony: Bali.

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