Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Pocut Meurah Intan
Not much is written in English about Pocut Meurah Intan, but we do know that she was the daughter of an Indonesian sultan born during a period of political upheaval in the late 1800's. The Indonesians were fighting off the Dutch at the time and Intan's father and husband were deep in the fray, called pirates by the Dutch, who didn't appreciate their resistance. When her husband surrendered, however, the Dutch found out they had jumped from the frying pan into the fire, with Intan and two of her sons taking them on full force. Even after Intan was captured and imprisoned, her sons kept fighting at her command. In-your-face women don't resist. They refuse.