THE HINDU PERIOD
discoveries and leaving mementoes of his visit wherever he went, he finally returned to Astina, and delivered to his sovereign a written account of all he had seen and done."
Prom the foregoing it appears that this Prime Minister not only made a journey through the islandaprobably only a portion of itabut that the aboriginal inhabitants used the Siamese alphabet. If no other people had visited them before, how came they to have this alphabet ? It may further be observed that Cambodia and Siam are practically one country, and visitors from the one may well have used the alphabet of the other. Furthermore, the Javan alphabet was certainly not made for the benefit of wild savages, but a race of people who were in a state to benefit by it. The name, too, of the individual that was met with in fight has a Hindu ring about it, although it is possible he may have been mythical.
Another Javan chronology1 in possession of the Susuhunan (called sometimes Susunan for short), or Emperor, of Java or Surakerta, not only describes the arrival of the first Hindus, but the second arrival also. It is here to be noted that Aji Ska is mentioned as not having arrived until after the year b.c. 1000.
The Javan historian now enters with more confidence into details, although facts and dates are as confused as ever :a
" What was first known of Java was a range of hills called Gunung Kendng, which extends along the north and south coasts ; it was then that the island first came into notice, and at that period commenced the Javan era [Anno Javan 1 : a.d. 75 or 78].
4 4 After this the Prince of Rom sent twenty thousand families to people Java, but all of them perished except twenty families who returned to Rom.
"In this year [a.j. 10: a.d. 85] twenty thousand families
i In this chronology the author describes himself as a sovereign of Kediri. It is ascribed to Aji J ay a Baya, a.d. 800, but probably wrongly.i In this chronology the author describes himself as a sovereign of Kediri. It is ascribed to Aji J ay a Baya, a.d. 800, but probably wrongly.