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Dewi Drupadi, daughter of King Drupada of Cempalareja, is King Yudistira’s queen and the mother of Prince Pancawala. Drupadi is an unpretentious person and she only concerns herself with the affairs of the Pandawas.

It happens once that she is humiliated by Dursasana and in a scuffle her hair-knot [sanggul] comes undone. She thereupon swears that she will not tie up her hair until she shall wash her hair with Dursasana’s blood.

During the Baratayuda she follows the Pandawas to the field of battle. Upon the murder of Durasasana by Wrekudara, she washes her hair with the former’s blood and once again ties her hair in a sanggul. The resolve of a woman is often stronger than a man’s. In the past it was customary (and considered exemplary) for a woman to sacrifice herself upon the death of her husband. It one of the most grievous sufferings which a person can experience. In the wayang stories a woman who commits suicide is said to be accompanied by supernatural spirits who guard her as a reward for her loyalty.

Dewi Drupadi has jaitan eyes and a pointed nose. Her gaze is down-turned and her face calm. She wears the keling hair knot with a portion of her hair hanging down free. She wears the waderan ear ornament. Like her husband Yudistira, she wears no other ornaments or jewelry as a sign of her humbleness of character.

(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-Drupadi.ks_P5060861.jpg

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