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Buta Terong

Buta means demon, or giant; terong means eggplant. Because he has an enormous eggplant-shaped nose, this raksasa is known as Buta Terong. Buta Terong is often called a disturber of the peace, but he is disruptive not because of his ferocity, but because of his insatiable appetite. Thus, he represents the greedy character, never satisfied with what is given him. He has a distinctly nasal-sounding voice.

Buta has juling eyes and an enormous nose in the shape of an eggplant. Actually, this puppet–like the previous Buta Cakil–can take on any appellation at the whim of the dalang, but the name should be in character. His teeth and fangs are visible. His rear shoulder is higher than the other. His hair is decorated with flowers and he wears the sekar kluwih ear ornaments which are also decorated with flowers. He wears the ulur-ulur necklace, bracelets and the gayaman keris. He wears the rapekan dress.


(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-Buta Terong.ks_P5134552.jpg

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