Allah jang Palsoe (Malay for The False God) is a 1919 stage drama from
the Dutch East Indies that was written by the ethnic Chinese author Kwee
Tek Hoay, based on E. Phillips Oppenheim’s short story “The False Gods”.
Over six acts, the Malay-language play follows two brothers, one a
devout son who holds firmly to his morals and personal honour, the other
a man who worships money and prioritises personal gain. The two learn
over the course of a decade that money (the titular false god) is not
the path to happiness. Kwee Tek Hoay’s first stage play, Allah jang
Palsoe was written as a realist response to whimsical contemporary
theatre. Though the published stageplay sold poorly and the play was
deemed difficult to perform, Allah jang Palsoe found success on the
stage. By 1930 it had been performed by various ethnic Chinese troupes
to popular acclaim, and had pioneered a body of work by authors such as
Lauw Giok Lan, Tio Ie Soei, and Tjoa Tjien Mo. In 2006 the script for
the play, which continues to be performed, was republished with updated
spelling by the Lontar Foundation.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Byzantine emperor Michael III overthrew the regency of his
mother Theodora to assume power for himself.
The Catalan Company defeated Walter V, Count of Brienne in the
Battle of Halmyros and took control of the Duchy of Athens, a Crusader
state in Greece.
Talaat Pasha, considered the main perpetrator of the Armenian
Genocide, was assassinated by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.
In rowing, Oxford defeated Cambridge in the first Women’s Boat
Race held on the Isis in Oxford.
The Godfather, a gangster film based on the novel of the same
name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, was released.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
A pointed implement used to make holes in the ground in which to set out
plants or to plant seeds.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Through thee, the gracious Muses turn, To Furies, O mine Enemy!
And all the things of beauty burn With flames of evil ecstasy. Because
of thee, the land of dreams Becomes a gathering place of fears: Until
tormented slumber seems One vehemence of useless tears.
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