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History of Agarwood In Indonesia

“Indonesia agarwood history was long, starting  from Sriwijaya.

Sriwijaya was known trader for spices, champor, sandalwood, agarwood, ivory also gold and silver. Then there was town in Eastern coast of Sumatra named Barus. Barus was major trade hub, they trade spices, camphor, and agarwood. “

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We hope you are in good health and ready to read more information from agarwoodindonesia’s  blog. This time is about Indonesia agarwood history. More than thousands years ago there was an Empire that stretch from   Eastern coast of Sumatra, Western coast of Borneo Island, 3/4 of Java, 80% of the Malaya, Thailand, Cambodian Champa. It was the Empire of Sriwijaya. History wrote that in C.A. 718 CE  the King Shri Indravarman of Sriwijaya wrote

“From the King of kings who is the descendant of a thousand kings, whose wife is also a granddaughter of a thousand kings, whose animal cages are (filled with) a thousand elephants, in whose territory there are two rivers that irrigate the aloe trees, spices, nutmeg and limes such that its fragrant aromas reach out to a distance of 12 miles.  “To the Arab King who does not associate other gods with Allah. I have sent you a gift, which is actually a gift that is not so much, but just a token of friendship. I want you to send me someone who can teach Islam to me and explain to me about its laws.”

This was a letter to the Caliph during that time the grand son of Ummar Ibn khattab, Ummar Ibn Abdul Aziz. This is proof that agarwood or in letter aloeswood had being a key trade commodity and an important role to both of these two nations. Since now Sriwijaya is located in Indonesia this is also an important history of the present of agarwood in Indonesia.

Sriwijaya was known trader for spices, champor, sandalwood, agarwood, ivory also gold and silver. Then there was town in Eastern coast of Sumatra named Barus. Barus was major trade hub, they trade spices, camphor, and agarwood. In Arabic naming this town was called as Fansur.  Barus part of Sriwijaya until the decline of the mpire and then absorbed into the Aceh Sultanate.

The artifact of tombstone of a person named Ruknuddin dated 672 C.E. was found in Barus. Is a proof of long relation of trade between Sumatra and the outside world,

The Batak of Porsea was known to sell agarwood to the Arab and Persian by using river route of Asahan river.

In Indonesia there are several local naming for agarwood, the most popular was Gaharu, local languanges such Melayu naming Karas or Depu, Batak naming is Hau Halim, Lampungese called as Kayu Alim, The Minangese name agarwood as Kayu Kareh.

This would be give you insight about Indonesia agarwood history. We hope you may leran about Indonesia agarwood history, thank you for your time. And have nice day.

 

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