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Raden Narayana, son of King Basudewa of Madura, is the future king of Dwarawati. He is sometimes considered–inaccurately–to be the twin brother of Kakrasana. His skin is completely black and is said to be black down to the marrow of his bones as a sign that he is the incarnation of the god Wisnu (the deity most closely connected with human beings).

Narayana is of a jovial and relaxed nature, sometimes affecting indifference to things, but one can find wisdom in all of his remarks and actions. Narayana is skilful as well as extremely handsome. His speech is pleasant to the ear, full of wit and banter, yet well-meaning and wise. His inner strength is founded in his wisdom and he never lacks a sense of humor.

Narayana is humble before his cousin Arjuna because in battle Kresna’s strength is usually insufficient to defeat his cousin.

Raden Narayana has jaitan eyes and an up-turned gaze. He wears a diadem with the garuda ornament in back, the sekar kluwih ear ornament and the bulan sabit necklace. He wears anklets, bracelets and armbands. His loincloth is the bokongan raton.

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

Publisher: Lontar Foundation;

Created: 2014

Source Rights: Ki Purbo Asmoro

Manuscript Code: LF-Narayana-2.ks_P5102646.jpg

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