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Tjonat, Si. Si Tjonat (?-?) was a bandit in Java in the late 19th century. He was a jago, one of the legendary rural bandits of colonial Java who played (or was perceived to play) the role of the Robin Hood for the native Javans and who resisted the colonial Dutch. Si Tjonat became the lead character in a series of Indonesian ballads, poems, stories and films from 1900 to at least 1932, beginning with F.D.J. Pangemanann’s Si Tjonat.
The fictional Si Tjonat is portrayed as a romantic Gentleman Bandit who robs from the rich, gives to the poor, and generally deals out the justice and punishment that the Dutch colonists would not.
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