Welcome to Gunung Merapi
It's officially Indonesia's most active volcano – quite an accolade in a nation with 127 active cones – and some observers have theorised it was responsible for the mysterious evacuation of Borobudur and the collapse of the old Mataram kingdom during the 11th century.
Merapi is revered and feared in equal measure. Every year, offerings from Yogya’s kraton are made to appease the mountain’s foul temper. Eruptions, however, have not put a stop to people living on the mountain. With a population density of 700 people per sq km, Merapi supports hundreds of small communities.