Saparua, Raja of Siri Sori

Saparua, Raja of Siri Sori

Sirisori is a principality on the island of Saparua in the Maluku.

Around the Dutch colonial period, there exist two well-known kingdoms in Saparua Island, Iha and Honimoa (Siri Sori). Both  quite influential Islamic empire were knSirisori-01_toneown as sapanolua. This means: two boat or two boats. It means Saparua island has two large peninsula, there on ruling two kings with a vast land. While the southeast peninsula controlled by the King of Honimoa with his kingdom (kingdom of Honimoa, Siri Sori), the north peninsula is the regional power of the Kingdom of Iha. The Kingdom of Iha involved in a series of struggle against the Dutch colonization in Maluku, that later profound as Iha War (1632 – 1651), which resulted in a loss of some areas of this kingdom as well as its citizens that impact to later deterioration.

Pelantikan Raja Siri Sori (2011): link
Susunan raja: link
Sejarah: link

History: link

Saparua, Raja of Iha

Raja of Iha (Saparua)

The Kingdom of Iha was an Islamic kingdom located in Saparua island, Maluku. Around the Dutch colonial period, there  exist two well-known kingdoms in Saparua Island, Iha and Honimoa (Siri Sori). Both quite influential Islamic empire were known as sapanolua. This means two boat or two boats. It means: Saparua island has two large peninsula, thereon ruling two kings with a vast lan


d. While the southeast peninsula controlled by the King of Honimoa with his kingdom (kingdom of Honimoa, Siri Sori), the north peninsula is the regional power of the Kingdom of Iha. The Kingdom of Iha involved in a series of struggle against the Dutch colonization in Maluku, that later profound as Iha Wa

r (1632 – 1651), which resulted in a loss of some areas of this kingdom as well as its citizens that impact to later deterioration.

At this moment we don’t have more information about the situation today.

Sejarah: link
Sejarah: link

History: link

Ambon, Tulehu , Raja John S. Ohorella.

Ambon, Tulehu , Raja John S. Ohorella.

Installation Raja John S. OhorAmbon, Tulehu, Raja John S. OhorellaRaja John S. Ohorellaella of Tulehu(Ambon);ca. 13-2-2003

Ambon Hitu

old dynasties, kerajaan, king, Ambon, Hitu, Raja Abdul Kadir

Hitu-one of the few principalities of the S-Moluccans still existing

In general the south part of the Moluccans are divided in several, or better said: many areas called negris and not really in principalities, or kingdoms.
That was because of the ruling systems in this area.
Also because the former foreign governments in here encouraged and stimulated seperate rule in all these areas.
There was some kind of ruling system, which was a development to more centralised rule, but wishes inside the society and the foreign stimulance of divided rule also didn’t really speed up this process.
In general only the Hitu area in the north of Ambon island (covering a big part of that area ), the island of Kisar, some areas on Ceram, the negris of Kilang, Nusanive and Soya( and some more) are considered as a sort of principality.
Hitu exists as a semi-principality in development (so you can describe it at least) already for ca. 500 years. Before the begin of the first fereation head in 1512 there were some rulers, who were also described as the ruler of Hitu, but not of the Hitu as a federation, but of a negri.
In history the federation rule was described as being divided over 4
lines,2 delivered the federationhead, 1 the Raja Hitu(from which are descended a later Raja Hitu line) and another ruler.
The Hitu federation was brought to an end officially with the violent death of the last federationhead, who was the Kapitan Hitu;in 1643.
From a son are descended the later rajas of Hitulama, who are considered as the heirs of the Hitu principality.
There are also the rulers of Hitumessing with the same familyname, who live in the same area, but have a different people to rule as negri rulers.
On 21-3-2007 Upu Latu Sitania,or Raja Salhana Pelu was installed as the 37th raja of an area,which ever carried a Hitu-name and the 19th descendant of the first Hitu ruler (the negri) :Raja Abdul Kadir.
The present raja is born in 1975 and has studied economics and now is working in the businessworld.
He tries to live a clean moral live and even punished his brother, who was temptated by gambling some time ago.
The crownhat of the raja is a copy of the original one,but the objects on it and the design is original.
The Pelu dynasty is known to be pietistic,but not fundamentalistic.
The Hitu federation was formed by several negris, which still recognize the special traditional position of the Raja of Hitulama.
The several hunderds S-Moluccan negris with their rulers are united in a council of upu latu’s (rajas) although not all has the right to have according the tradition the title of raja), which is f.i. in 2009 led by Raja Abdullah Malawat of Mamala (also a member of the Hitu federation).

Bacan, Sultan Dede Muhammad Gary Ridwan Sjah

Bacan, Sultan Dede Muhammad Gary Ridwan Sjah

Bacan is an island, located south-west from Halmahera.

There are 5 kingdoms in the North-Moluccans : Ternate, Tidore, Bacan, Jailolo and Loloda.

Present sultan of Bacan (2010): Sultan Dede MuhBacanammad Gary Ridwan Sjah

September 2009: Sultan of Bacan, Gahral Adyan Shah, died at his home in the area of Pondok Indah Jakarta on Monday evening due to illness suffered kidney failure last few years. He died at the age of 66 years.

On the 19th of november 2010 a man of Indonesian origin was coronated as the 21th Sultan of Bacan; an Indonesian island group in the North-Moluccans.: Sultan Dede Muhammad Gary Ridwan Sjah.
His father Sultan Alhaji Dede Muhammad Gahral Adian Sjah was sultan of bacan from 1983 until he died 21-9-2009. He was also the districtchief (Bupati) of Central-Halmaherah.
The son of this sultan already went at a young age to the USA and could make there a quite succesfull career as an computer specialist; now living in the state of Ohio.
Because his father the deceased sultan was quite loved by his people, they asked him to become their new king.
In the beginning he thought, that would be quite a problem to combine his high job in the USA with his dignity as king of Bacan.
The sultanate of Bacan is not an automatic from father to son monarchy, but an elective monarchy,where the 4 royal clans elect from within the dynasty a good candidate for the throne.
The new sultan however already was known as a quite loving and caring prince for the Bacan people, so the local nobility insisted, that he would become their new king.After Sultan Dede Muhammad Gary Sjah was coronated with the centuries old crown and given the very old royal digity stick with golden knob in his hand (Tongkat Sultan) he was declared as the 21th sultan of Bacan.

Sultan of Bacan died (2009): link
 About the sultanate: link

Sejarah kesultanan: link
Sejarah kesultanan: link

(N-Moluccan) Died on Monday 21 September 2009

Ternate (AFP) – Thousands of Ternate, North Maluku (Maluku Utara) welcomed the corpse of Sultan of Bacan Gahral Adyan Shah at Babullah Airport, Tuesday, which was brought from Jakarta using charter aircraft. 

Sultan Bacan died at his home in the area of Pondok Indah Jakarta on Monday evening due toold dynasties, kerajaan, king,Halamaheira,Bacan, Gahral Adyan Shah illness suffered kidney failure last few years. He died at the age of 66 years.

From Sultan Babullah Airport, the corpse of former Regent of the North Maluku (Maluku Utara) while still in the area of Maluku province) was taken to Kedaton Sultanate of Ternate.

Sultan Bacan still a close relative of Shah Sultan Ternate Mudaffar Syah. Sultan’s body was taken to the next Bacan Labuha, South Halmahera District (Halmahera Selatan) using a motor boat.

Some officials in Maluku Utara, like Governor of Maluku Utara Thaib Armaiyn , Lieutenant Governor of Maluku Utara Gani Kasuba, regent / mayor as Maluku Utara, parliament leaders and traditional leaders in the area looking corpse drive in Sultan of Bacan to the port Bastiong of Ternate.

Sultan Bacan left a wife and two children. One son works at one foreign bank and to this day he has not arrived in Ternate.

One community leader in Maluku Utara also Vice Chairman of Legislative of Maluku Utara Mr. Syaiful Ruray said has lost one of his best characters.

He added that the deceased had been a boon to many areas Maluku Utara both in terms of governance and the social field.

Sultan Bacan was one of the pioneering expansion into the province of North Maluku in 1999 ago. He was also instrumental in fighting many division two districts in Malut into nine districts.

Meanwhile, information from the Sultanate Bacan Bacan mentioned that the Sultan will be buried in the courtyard of Sultan Bacan on Tuesday night after the first interred in the Sultanate Kedaton Bacan. (*)


1322 State of Bacan founded.

Sultans (also styled Kolano Madehe)
…. – 1826 Sultan Hamarullah
1826 – 1862 Sultan Muhammad Hayatuddin Syah Putera
1862 – 1889 Sultan Muhammad Sadik Syah

 1889 – 1900 Vacant
1900 – 1917? Sultan Muhammad Usman Syah

Halmaheira, Loloda, Jogugu (Raja) Kaicil Lutfi Muhammad Syamsuddin

Halmaheira, Loloda, Jogugu (Raja) Kaicil Lutfi Muhammad Syamsuddin


Loloda – the 5th principaliold dynasties, kerajaan, king,Halamaheira, Loloda, Jogugu Kaicil Lutfi Muhammad Syamsuddinty of the North-Moluccans

Normally we speak of 4 kingdoms in the North-Moluccans :Ternate, Tidore, Bacan and Jailolo.
But there is a 5th principality, about which not very much people know about. It is the on the west-part of the island of Halmahera lying principality of Loloda.
About this there are several legends:the first raja descended from a sultan of Bacan, founded by a Prince/descendant of a sultan of Ternate, etc.
Western historains say, that in the very old time,when the principalities in the N-Moluccans were founded, there were more little stateletts. Besides the 4 later sultanates, not one of them survived, only Loloda did.
Before it must have been a quite powerfull principality, but later lost power to Jailolo, who then became the 1st ruler of the N-Moluccans.
But up until the Dutch time the rajas of Loloda were recognized as semi-independent rajas under Ternate. It is not known,when exactly they came under the rule of Ternate.
In 1908 the Dutch East-Indish Government found it better to more centralize the rule here, so Raja Syamsuddin (died 1915) then lost his semi-independent position and became just a districtchief with he title Sengaji. Also you can call them later Jogugu’s.
The last ruling member of the dynasty was Jongofa, or Jogugu Haji Djami Bin Syamsuddin; 2nd son of the last raja, who had from 1945 a bit a restored position as local ruler. He stayed on as traditional leader of his people until his death in 1977. Nothing special was than done in the dynasty, until the time,that the dynasties in Indonesia were allowed to retake their cultural place in the society.
In 1999 his son Jogugu Bayan Bin Syamsuddin was installed. He died in 2004.
He was succeeded by the in 1959 born son Jogugu Kaicil Lutfi Muhammad Syamsuddin, who was officially installed as monarch of Loloda in the palace of the sultan of Ternate 30-8-2009.
The present jogugu of Loloda is a specialist on agriculture in the local government.
The dynasty maintains a very interesting website at “Loloda Kerajaan Facebook”. Click on the name Loloda Kerajaan there and then on notes, or pictures, video, etc. and you will see many interesting information.

Finally the world can be witness,that the rajadynasty of Loloda can take his place in the world of traditional ruling families again.
Also the sultan of Ternate is a help to restore old traditional institutes, so that the local people have a good focuspoint for their own cultural identity.

Halmahera, Jailolo, Sultan Abdullah Syah

Halmahera, Jailolo, Sultan Abdullah Syah


Sultan Abdullah Syah in dec. 2013

There are 5 kingdoms in the North-Moluccans : Ternate, Tidore, Bacan, Jailolo and Loloda.

Present sultan (2013): Sultan Abdullah Syah

Jailolo is a town and former sultanate on Halmahera in Indonesia’s Maluku Islands. It is located on the island’s west coast approximately 20 km north of Ternate. Jailolo is a small port that serves Halmahera’s northwestern coastal villages.

In november 2010 one of the 4 sultans of the North-Moluccan, Sultan Abdullah Syah of Jailolo, has been deposed by his paramount overlord Sultan Mudafar Syah II of Ternate.
After the sultan of Jailolo was deposed, the functions were temporarily taken by an official called Ilham Dano Tokan.

Sultan disposed (2009): link

Sultan masuk keraton baru (dec. 2013): link
Sultan gelar prosesi adat (dec. 2013): link

The last heir to the crown died end 17th century, then only the dynasty had some minor role in the area under the Sultan of Ternate.
Short revival 1797-1832 and a royal rebellion 1875-1876. When the rivalries in N-Moluccans began the big the Sultan of Ternate proposed to restore the social system of the 4 kingdoms of the N-Moluccans: Moloku Kie Raha. So this highest representative of the dynasty; a former armyofficer in Riau and descended from the last exiled Sultan was made sultan.
In 2008 the government wants to restore the palace of the Sultan in Soakonara.

In the old days the Sultans of Jailolo were the most importants sultans of the N. Mollucans. There were 4 sultans. Later Bacan became more important , but finally Ternate began to play a leading role here, up to the modern time. Jailolo was destroyed ca. 340 years after founding of the Sultanate in 1515. From that year on the Sultanate (based on Halmahera island) became more or less vassal of Ternate. From 1611 the Sultans stayed on Ternate and the last Sultan of Jailolo was murdered in 1656. The local sentiments stayed on. Halmahera including Jailolo; which was then in the hands of the Sultans of Ternate and Tidore. Local Jailolo royals tried again end 18th century. Sultan Nuku Amiruddin of Tidore promised to restore Jailolo sultanate, if the Jailolo royals helped him and he cound be installed as Sultan of Tidore (against the wish of the Dutch).

And it was done in 1797. Three Sultans of Jailolo ruled from 1798 until 1832; nearly non-stop ; the last 2 ruled in N-Ceram. Then they were exiled because of their non-wish to act against pirates. A descendant of the last Sultan Jailolo; Sultan Muhamad Asgar; Kimelaha Sugi,Muhammad Saleh (1808-1818/as Sultan of Seram 1825-1832) died in exile in 1839. A descendant of him came to live on Sumatra,where he became (born in Pangkalpinang) major in the infantry and married a Princess of Yogyakarta: Raden Ayu Hartini.(died 1962). He later remarried a woman of an Arab-Indonesian family:Maryam Alatas.

He met once in his life present Sultan of Ternate: Mufadar II; with which he discussed the structure of the 4 kings in the N.-Moluccans. Sultan Ternate had his politcal ambitions, but also misunderstood much by much local people,who accused him of to much helping the Christians (not true). When Sultan Ternate was pushed aside temporarily and went for a short time to Java, a reconsiliation was discussed. A permanent one in the N. Mollucans.
It was agreed that the 4-kings system would be reintroduced here. So in Januari 2002 Sultan Abdullah Syah of Jailolo was installed as Sultan. Because of the historical attachment of the Sultans of Jailolo to the Sultans of Ternate, the present Sultan of Jailolo has his residence at the back of the palace of the Sultan Ternate. Some say,he is just a vasal of the Sultan of Ternate, but that is more a negative saying of not-deep thinking people.

Although nowadays he and his Sultana are permanent visitors during important occasions of the Royal Court of Ternate.


1380 Ruler of Jailolo becomes Jikoma Kolano, swapping styles
with the ruler of Ternate.
1557 – 1796 State under Ternate sovereignty.
1803 – 18.. State under Ternate sovereignty.

Sultans (also styled Jikoma Kolano)
1796 – 1803 ….
1803 – 18.. under Ternate sovereignty
1876? Danu Hasan

Ternate, Sultan of Ternate Mudaffar II Sjah

Ternate, Sultan of Ternate Mudaffar II Sjah


There are 5 kingdoms in the North-Moluccans : Ternate, Tidore, Bacan, Jailolo and Loloda.

Ternate is an island in the Maluku Islands of eastern Indonesia. It is located off the west coast of the larger island of Halmahera. The island city has a population of just under 200.000 on some 111.39 km2.

Present Sultan (2014): Sultan of Ternate Mudaffar II Sjah (48th sultan)

The Sultanate of Ternate is one of the oldest Muslim kingdoms in Indonesia, established by Baab Mashur Malomo in 1257. It reached its Golden Age during the reign of Sultan Baabullah (1570–1583) and encompassed most of the eastern part of Indonesia and a part of southern Philippines. Ternate was a world producer of cloves and a major power in the region from the 15th to 17th centuries.
The dynasty which ruled Ternate still exist today as well as the Sultanate itself, though they no longer hold any political power. Ternate is ruled by an unbroken line of rulers since its first king, Baab Mashur Malamo in 13th century. The current sultan is H.H. Sultan Drs. H. Mudaffar II Syah who assumed the title in 1986.

Sejarah kesultanan: link
Sejarah kesultanan: link

History of the sultanate: link
History of the sultanate:

History of the sultanate: link

Political resurrection of the king: link

When you want to mold dynasties, kerajaan, king,Halamaheira,Ternate, Sultan-Drs.-Mudafar-II-Syah-Masjur-Kamo-Lanoake it complete you should put Masjur Kamo Lano behind his name. Before his predessors had even more elaborate titles.
When his father Sultan Iskandar Muhammad Djabir Syah (the last ruling sultan) died in 1975 his crownprince Mudafar became quite political active for his area and remained as such through out his life until now. In 1987 he installed himself as Sultan of Ternate, but in that time that wasn’t recognized officially.
He is married now with his 4th wife, which is a princess of Surakarta.
In 2000 he was in the middle of a poltical crisis in the N-Moluccans, but now he is in more peacefull political waters. He laso was before chief of the main Indonesian political party in the N-Moluccans(Golkar)and chief of the local parliament,but now he shifted his activities more to the direct welfare of his people,business and his tasks as chief of the Forum Komunikasi dan Informasi Keraton se Nusantara;the 2nd biggest representative organisation of the Indonesian dynasties.
His crown is quite a religious symbol (in other parts of Indonesia the crown is just more a decorative symbol taken from the western culture). It is said, that it contains hair of the first muslim Sultan of Ternate, who ruled 5 centuries ago.To discuss about this item is now not important,more important, that Ternate before in history was only the 3rd dynasty of 4 of the Moluccans,but because of clever politics it became the first powerfull of the Moluccans. The raja dynasty of Loloda in West-Halmaheira says, that is is descended from a Ternate sultan and the Sultan’s dynasty of Jailo was since several centuries under the political umbrella of Ternate. It’s powerbase in the N-Moluccans is more to the west. Before the total Moluccans and the westpart of West-Paua was under the influence of the 4 N-Moluccan sultans.
Even in the Christian part of Indonesia the Sultan has family links, because his daughter Princess Mira Syah is maried with the Raja of Amarasi on Timor: Raja Robert Koroh.
The main issue now is to setle, is that not each of the 4 sultanate area’s tries to make his area the most important, but to work together in true harmomny and that is everywhere in the world the most difficult thing.
In the N-Moluccans they have the Moloku Kie Raha system:the system of the 4 Kings of the mountains (the volcano’s seen as mountains).
In Ternate they don’t have a real father to son succesionsystem. A candidate is selected by the traditional system chiefs and the Sultan. That has not been done yet. Maybe the oldest som Prince Ismunandar Aim Syah will be the crownprince later.
The Sultan is known as a quite educated man and also still speaks even Dutch.
At least all educated Indonesian people are proud, that they are still friends with their former colonisers, from which they became free from 1945-1949. In Indonesia it is like: when the problemaffair is over there is no need to obstruct, that you can become friend again with your so-called former enemy.


1257 State of Ternate founded.
1380 Ruler of Ternate becomes Kolano Maloko,
succeeding the ruler of Jailolo.
1522 – 26 Dec 1575 Portuguese protectorate.
28 Mar 1606 – May 1607 Spanish protectorate.
12 Oct 1676 Dutch protectorate.
25 Oct 1876 – 4 Oct 1879 State interrupted by Netherlands colonial government.
23 Sep 1915 – 2 Sep 1929 State interrupted by Netherlands colonial government.

Sultans (also styled Kolano Maloko)
27 Apr 1689 – 8 Dec 1714 Said Fathullah (b. 1657 – d. 1714)
8 Dec 1714 – 8 Dec 1751 Amir Iskandar Zulkarnain Saifuddin (b. 1680 – d. 1751)
8 Dec 1751 – 24 Aug 1754 Binayatullah al-Malik ul-Manab
Amir Iskandar Alauddin Mansur
Shah III (b. 1691 – d. 1754)
24 Aug 1754 – 1763 Amir Iskandar Muda Shah (b. af.1692 – d. 1763)
1763 – 28 Jul 1774 Shahid ul-Muh Taj ul-Rahman
Jalaluddin Shah (b. 1720 – d. 1774)
28 Jul 1774 – 1781 Ikhtias ul-Rahman Wahuwa Said Duna
Amir Iskandar Zulkarnain Azimuddin
Shah (d. 1781)
1781 – 27 Apr 1796 Amir Iskandar II Malik ul-Mulk
ul-Munnawir us-Sadik ul-Mukarram
27 Apr 1796 – 13 May 1801 Haj ul-Arifin Wahuwa Said Duna
Siraj ul-Buldan Infiluddin
Muharram Amir Iskandar Shah
Muhiuddin Shah (d. 1801)
13 May 1801 – 10 Mar 1807 Sirajul Bilat Shah Taj ul-Aulia
al-Mukarram Amir Iskandar Jihad
Azimuddin (d. 1807)
10 Mar 1807 – 24 Dec 1821 Said ul-Biladi Siraj ul-Kulut
ul-Mulki Amiri Iskandar Zain
ul-Bahrain Wahuwa Khair
us-Salikhin Shah (d. 1824)
(regent for successor to 25 Nov 1824)
24 Dec 1821 – 11 Oct 1823 Saifuddin Iskandar III Nasiruddin
Shah (d. 1823)
11 Oct 1823 – 20 Nov 1859 Taj ul-Mulki Amiruddin Iskandar
Kaulaini Shah (b. 1769 – d. 1859)
20 Nov 1859 – 25 Oct 1876 Binayat Illahi Mamran Siraj
ul-Mulki Amiruddin Iskandar
Wahuwa Mina Salikhin Shah (d. 1876)
25 Oct 1876 – 4 Oct 1879 Interregnum
4 Oct 1879 – Jul 1900 Tajul Mahsil Binayatullah
al-Hannan Siraj ul-Mulk Amiruddin
Iskandar IV Munawar ul-Sadik
Wahuwa Mina al-Adilin Shah (b. 1839 – d. 1900)
Jul 1900 – 20 Feb 1902 Ilham (Kolano Ara Rimoi) (d. 1902)
20 Feb 1902 – 23 Sep 1915 Tajul Mahsil Binayatullah
al-Hannan Siraj ul-Mulk Amiruddin
Iskandar V Munawar ul-Sadik
Wahuwa Mina al-Adilin Shah (d. 1941)
23 Sep 1915 – 2 Sep 1929 Interregnum
2 Sep 1929 – 4 Jul 1975 Iskandar Muhammad Jabir Shah (b. 1902 – d. 1975)
4 Jul 1975 – 29 Nov 1986 Interregnum
29 Nov 1986 – Muzaffar Shah II (b. 1934)


Tidore, sultan Djafar Sjah

Tidore, sultan Djafar Sjah



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Actually the family of the last ruling Sultan of this N-Moluccan area considered the sultanate as ended. But the people had a need and asked the 5th degree descendant of the 19th century national hero Sultan Nuku to be their traditional leader. Since nearly 9 years he is functioning like that and also since some years in national parliament.Although a time of rivalry within the N-Moluccan society the harmony is restored now and people and sultans are working together in good harmony.
He is also a humble and softspeaking man, who has actually some strong basic principles of life.


bf.1450 State of Tidore founded.

Sultans (also styled Kiema Kolano)
1797 – 14 Nov 1805 Sultan Saidul Jihad Muhammad Nabus
Amiruddin Syah “Jou Barakti”
1805 – 18.. Sultan Jamal Abidin
18.. – 1821 Sultan Muhammad Tahir “Sultan Mossel”
1822 – 1856 Sultan al-Mansur II
1856 – 1865 Sultan Ahmad Safiuddin Syah
“Sultan Arnold Alting”
1865 – 1867 Vacant
1867 – 1893 Sultan Said Ahmad Fathuddin Syah
1893 – 1904 Sultan Iskandar Shajuddin Nur Amal
1999 – Haji Djafar Danoyunus Syah

Kisar, Raja Johannis J. Bakker

Kisar, Raja Johannis J. Bakker

Raja Johannis J. Bakker (so not with Hermanus).Heold dynasties, kerajaan, king,Kisar, Raja Johannes Hermanus J. Bakker is the 12th Radja of Kisar, which is known locally as Yotowawa. The first Raja, Cornelis Bakker,or Pakar was made ca. 1665 as first Raja of the island…
Raja Johannis J. Bakker(so not with Hermanus).Hy is de 12e Radja v Kisar,which is known locally as Yotowawa.The first Raja ;Cornelis Bakker,or Pakar was made ca. 1665 as first Raja of the island.The rule was always contested by other clans,because before there were only clanchiefs and some see the rule of the Rajas of Yotowawa at Wonr諩 as a creation of the Dutch.But that complaints you see more often in history.God gave the tools to make the history on Kisar to the Dutch,so the Rajas have some rights to be called Rajas of Kisar .The first Raja had 2 brothers:Norimarnu and Poru,who went to nearby islands,who began to rule there,so that is the reason,that the present Raja also claims ruling rights over islands like Wetar,Roma,Leti and the like.However nowadays this can be seen as a historical explanation,because politically not much is left of that claims to consume it.
The present Raja followed his father Raja Hairmere Philipus Zacharias Bakker after his death as Raja of Yotowawa.
He also,like the present Raja,had some problems with upholding his rights as Raja.Raja H.P.Z. Bakker ruled 1947-1948.Then there was uncertainty about the wish of the chiefs to keep him as Raja.After a ruling council the Raja came back and was known as Raja/nominal-Raja until 1987.His sons were very well educated.The present Raja had education for governing.5 years after his installation as Raja he went to nearby East-Timor,then part of Indonesia,wKisar_tohere he was for 5 years government official at Dili.
Kisar is lying very near East-Timor.He there also met his Queen:the East-Timorese Maria Antonette Ribeiru.In the 5 years he was on Timor,the chiefs again were questioning the rights of his line to be Raja of Yotowawa.But after he came back from Timor he was accepted again as Raja.
One reason for the fact,that he wasn’t overall accepted as Raja,was that he,who was for a long tome outside the island,had not much knowledge about the local tradition,adat.
They only have one daughter;Ratu Muda Johanita Ike; and in the tradition of the dynasty only a man can succeed as Raja,so the present crownprince is the son of his even well educated brother Raja Muda Drs. Zacharias Bakker:the young Crownprince Pilipus Hairmera Bakker.
On Kisar there were before a contigent of Dutch soldiers,who were half forgotten by the Dutch and intermarried with the local population:they formed the well-known mestizos of Kisar.These little group also intermarried with the dynasty,so the present Raja of Yotowawa;like the King/Liurai of OEcusse Ambeno ;East-Timor enclave in West-Timor;have Dutch blood in his veins.
The present Raja doesn’t have real political power,but is respected very much as a traditional dignitary.No important decission is made without f.i. consulting the Raja.
The dynasty also have a luxoury history book(only 1 copy)with the history of the principality and the dynasty in it.But like in much other parts of Indonesia:it is not available easily,because history is also a bit religion on Kisar.
sources: Kingdoms of Indonesia