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Patih Udawa is the son of Kyai Antagopa and Nyai Segopi of Widarakandang in the kingdom of Madura. His father is a shepherd. It is rumored that Udawa is actually the son of Prabu Basudewa and that when Nyai Segopi became pregnant she was entrusted to Antagopa. Therefore, Udawa resembles Raden Kakrasana and upon reaching adult-hood he becomes the patih, or chief minister, of Prabu Kresna, his reputed half-brother.

The loyalty of Udawa to Prabu Kresna is based on his great affection for him as a brother and this affection is mutual. Udawa is a bold and fearless warrior and few men can with-stand a blow from his powerful hand. It is said that when Udawa is grieving or angry no opponent is capable of even approaching him.

Raden Narayana leaves his younger sister Rara Ireng (the young Dewi Wara Sumbadra) in the care of Udawa. He guards her like his own sister and if she-his social superior–rebukes him for his failings, he receives her criticism patiently and with an open heart.

Udawa faithfully fulfills the duties of a minister to his king, embodying the Javanese saying that a minister is like a sheath which must be the perfect receptacle for the keris which it holds. The patih must be willing to comply with any request of his sovereign.

Udawa has kedondongan eyes and a refined mouth and nose. He wears a small diadem with the sekar kluwih ear ornaments. His hair is worn in the gembel knot. He wears the repekan bala loincloth which is the costume of a warrior. He wears a keris whose hilt is visible, the keris indicating that he is not a kesatria of noble blood.

(Sumber: Sejarah Wayang Purwa. Hardjowirogo. Jakarta: Perpustakaan Perguruan Kementerian P.P. dan K., 1955)

Publisher: Lontar Foundation;

Created: 2014

Source Rights: Ki Purbo Asmoro

Manuscript Code: LF-Udawa.ksLF-Udawa.ks_P5113061.jpg

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