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Raden Parikesit is the son of Raden Angkawijaya and Dewi Utari. He is born near the end of the Baratayuda. He is especially beloved of the five Pandawas. Destined to become the future ruler of Astina, the infant Parikesit is the object of a murderous plot of Aswatama, the son of Pandita Durna. But he is protected by the gods and when Aswatama approaches his cradle, the baby unknowingly kicks an arrow which had been placed in his cradle to guard him and the arrow strikes Aswatama dead. After the Baratayuda, Parikesit accedes to the throne of Astina, taking the name of his great-great-grandfather, Prabu Kresnadipayana (Abiyasa).

Parikesit is among the final characters in the purwa (ancient, primary) age. The succeeding madya (middle) age, with its corresponding dramatic cycle, wayang madya, has Parikesit as its initial figure. Actually, Parikesit is really used in the purwa cycle and really comes into his own in the madya cycle.

Parikesit has jaitan eyes and a pointed nose. He wears a diadem with a large garuda ornament in back. He wears the sekar kluwih ear ornament and his hair flows freely in the udalan style. He wears the bulan sabit necklace as well as bracelets, anklets and armbands. He wears the katongan 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-Kangsa.kl_P5071348.jpg

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