Down the deck on their submarine, Indonesian sailors crowded around a crew with a guitarist and cropped a pop song called “Till We Meet Again”.
Weeks later, the same sailors disappeared deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, descending for a torpedo drill, setting off a frantic international search. Indonesian military officials said Sunday it was four days after the vessel went missing. Broken into three pieces Hundreds of meters below the surface, there were no survivors among the 53 crew members.
Now, video of Submarine singing is buzzing all over Indonesian social media, in a nation where many people have been surrounded by a steady stream of bad news: devastating earthquakes, volcanoes and sinking ghats.
The members of the band Andank Socemati said, “If the land is not where you need to return, there is a place for you in heaven.” ” Composed the song, Written on Instagram below a clip of the performance of the sailors.
The clip went viral after it was released by the Indonesian Navy on Monday. Indonesian military spokesman Lt. Col. Jawara Wimbo said in an interview on Tuesday that the video was recorded last month to honor the outgoing commander of the Navy’s submarine fleet.
The video has struck a nerve online in part, as the song – which describes a reluctant goodbye – seems particularly poignant in the wake of the crash.
Some social media users speculated that the sailors were “hump” about the increasing crash and were singing about their fate. Colonel Whimbo said it was a reflection of “cocology”, an Indonesian phrase that looks at people’s lives to find clues to explain seemingly random events.
People from Muslim-majority countries, from remote villagers to senior politicians, often rely on faith and superstition to understand current events. Indonesian Presidents have a succession Paid his respects For example, the spirit world, consulting with the seer or what they believed to be magic tokens.
In the years following the tsunami in 2004 that killed 230,000 people in Indonesia and elsewhere, many Indonesians blamed the disaster on then-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, saying that they carried the shadow of cosmic misfortune.
Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency former spokesperson Sutopo Purvo Nugroho Told The New York Times In 2018 he made a point of incorporating local knowledge and traditional beliefs while communicating the science of disasters.
Mr. Sutopo said, “The cultural approach works better than just science and technology.” “If people feel that it is a punishment from God, it makes it easier for them to recover.”
The latest diaster was hit last week when the 44-year-old submarine, Nangla, went missing before dawn during a training exercise north of the Indonesian island of Bali. Search teams from the United States, India, Malaysia, Australia and Singapore later assisted in the Indonesian naval hunt for the vessel in the Bali Sea.
For a few days, Navy experts worried that the sub could run out of oxygen. The Navy then confirmed over the weekend that it had fractured and sunk into the deep sea.
One of the items was a remote-control submersible that was found at the crash site, a tattered orange escape suit.
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo on Monday expressed his condolences to the families of the fallen sailors, describing them as “the best sons of the nation”, saying the government would pay for their children’s education through college.
“The souls of the Golden Shark warriors may get the best position from the Almighty God,” he said.
Sailors sang last month, “Until We Meet Again,” is a complex back story.
Musician Eric Sokmeti said that he and his bandmates wrote about six years ago on a remote island in the east of Bali, as a tribute to the locals they met during a one-month recording session.
The lyrics of the song can be interpreted as fatal:
The beginning will end
Will meet ups
The song was meant to express optimism, Mr. Soyammati said, but it is gradually associated with loss, misfortune and death.
A few years ago, he said, an Indonesian football game had the crowd singing it after scoring a goal for one of the teams during the previous match. “So it became a loser song,” he said. “Now, when a team loses, that song will be sung.”
“Until We Meet Again” is covered by other composers; A nostalgic version by Indonesian singer Tami Auliya It has more than nine million views on YouTube.
But Mr. Soyakami said that his band now refrains from playing it and recently refused to include it in an upcoming live album.
“I’m sad,” he said, “and, in a way, fear.”