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LEIDEN, The Netherlands (JP): Only two people in Leiden are believed to be able to read a poem written on the wall of the Koninklijk Instituut voor Tal-Land-en-Volkenkunde (KITLV, the Royal Institute of Linguistics and Anthropology).
For most passers-by the poem, which is written in the Buginese language, appears to be merely graffiti on the building, nothing more. Maybe not many Buginese, natives of South Sulawesi, would be able to understand the poem either.
The work of the anonymous 19th century poet was inaugurated by the institute's chief librarian, Roger Tol, on June 23, 2001, as part of the celebrations of the institutes 150th anniversary.
The blue "curves and dots" of the characters, called lontarak, read: I have wandered everywhere,/but never has my eye lit on/greater wisdom than here.
The lines contain deep meaning but only Tol and …