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Second night: Hanuman's Errand

The journey of the monkeys

In a council of Rama and Leksmana with the four monkey chiefs (left), the latter undertake to make contact with Shinta at Rahwana's court and hand her Rama’s ring as a token that she is not left alone. Hanuman is the bearer of the ring (right).

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On their way to Alengka the monkeys are intercepted by the goddess Dewi Sayempraba, who strikes them unconscious (left). When they come by they find they are blind (right).

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While the monkeys are groping around, fortunately the bird king Sempati comes to their aid and succeeds in restoring their sight. In return Hanuman heals Sempati from an unspecified illness.

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Hanuman fulfills his errand

In Rahwana's pleasure garden Argasoka the captive Shinta grieves for her husband Rama. Trijata, Rahwana's niece, is on her side and tries to console her (left).
Rahwana once more appears and tries to persuade Shinta into marrying him. When Shinta refuses, Rahwana threatens to kill her. But Trijata begs for Shinta's life urging Rahwana to be patient (right).

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When once more the two women are alone in the garden, Hanuman appears (left) and delivers Rama's ring to Shinta (right).

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Hanuman victorious

Having done what he was charged to do, Hanuman - as monkeys do! - proceeds to run amok (left) in the garden destroying it.
Of course then he is found out and the army of giants (right) attacks him.

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Hanuman easily stays his ground (left) until he is struck down by a magic arrow of Indrajid, Rahwana's army chief (right).

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Hanuman is taken before Rahwana (left), who sentences him to be burned alive (right). (In another version he is tortured by setting his tail on fire.)

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But the invincible Hanuman breaks his bonds, takes burning sticks from the pile and sets Rahwana's palace on fire.

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P.S. This episode is by far the most popular of the four, mainly because of the fire scene. Compare the ballet version with the one depicted by the reliefs of Penataran temple near Blitar.

Posted by theo1006 13:04 Archived in Indonesia Tagged theatre ballet

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