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Pegembaran Rahwana  

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Pengembaran Rahwana . 1986
Rahwana Challenge. 1986
Natural paint on cotton cloth
95,5 x 114,5 cm

An episode from the Uttarakanda, the next that precedes the main Ramayana story . In the Uttarakanda there are many stories both of the main protagonist of the Ramayana, but also of their earlier incarnations and ancestors. In this story Rawana is already emerging as a demon of great power . As a challenge to demonstrate his power, he competes with the gods, and claims that he can overturn Siwa’s throne on Mount Kailasa, which he is shown doing in this story . In the continuation of the story, not shown in this painting Rama’s ancestor Arjuna Sahasrabahu (not the same as the hero Arjuna) fight Rawana and imprisons him.

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