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Fourth night: Shinta vindicated

The fake heads

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In Argasoka garden Shinta grieves for her husband Rama. In vain her friend Trijata, Rahwana's niece, tries to console her. (right)

Again Rahwana appears pressing Shinta to become his wife. But she steadfastly refuses. (below)
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Then Rahwana resorts to a ruse, he orders two of his giants to bring in the heads of Rama and Leksmana, but the heads are fake. (right)

At the sight of these Shinta faints. But Trijata sees through Rahwana's ruse. (below)
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Trijata shames Rahwana: "If you weren't such a coward you would have brought the real heads." (right)

Rahwana swallows the bait and rushes off to the battlefield. (below)
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Duel of Rahwana and Rama

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On the battlefield monkeys and giants are still fiercely fighting. (right)

Rahwana finds that all his relatives have died and soon comes face to face with Rama. (below)
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In the duel that follows Rahwana finally succumbs to Rama's arrow. (right)

He is mourned and his soul ascends the stairs to heaven. (below)
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A new king for Alengka

Rahwana’a army now surrenders and Alengka needs a new king.

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Rama calls Wibisono, Rahwana’s brother who was in exile for opposing him, and has him crowned king of Alengka. (right)

The giants accept Wibisono’s overlordship. (below)
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Rama doubts Shinta

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Leksmana calls Shinta to meet her husband Rama. (right)

However the latter doubts Shinta's purity after her long captivity. (below)
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This hurts Shinta so much that she wants to prove her purity by stepping in a fire; when she comes out unharmed this will be the proof required. (right)

In vain Trijata begs Rama, Wibisono and Shinta to forgo the ordeal. (below)
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Shinta vindicated

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Unlike on the second night, now the fire is personified by female dancers in red and yellow outfit. (rigt)

When Shinta steps into the fire, indeed she remains unharmed. Instead the fire god Brama himself appears and protects her. (below)
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Brama leads Shinta out of the fire and towards Rama. He blesses their reunion.

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Posted by theo1006 07:42 Archived in Indonesia Tagged theatre ballet

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