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Arimbi

Dewi Arimbi, a Rakseksi [=female ogre], is the sister of King Arimba, the ogre king of Pringgadani. Dewi Arimbi has a dream in which she encounters Raden Bratasena, the second of the five Pandawa brothers. She cannot forget this dream and sets out in serach of Bratsena. She finds him in the process of clearing a forest in order to build a new kingdom. She rushes to him and, embracing him by the knees, explains her dream and expresses her wish to marry him. He is uninterested, however, since she is an ugly ogre. Bratasena’s mother intercedes and says, “Oh, what a shame, you’re such a pretty child.” Instantly Dewi Arimbi’s appearance is transformed to that of a beautiful young woman. Bratasena agrees to marry her and she lataer bears him a son, Raden Gatutkaca.
Unlike most knightly lovers who delight in flattering their amours with words of love, Bratasena doesn’t praise or flatter Arimbi with fancy words. He says to her: “Your eyebrows are near your eyes, your nose is above your mouth, your hair is on your head,” as he bounces her on his knee. However, Dewi Arimbi is not disappointed, but all the more attacted by Bratasena’s simple ways. Her family, on the other hand, is enraged by Bratasena’s simple ways. Her family, on the other hand, is enraged by Bratasena’s treatment of her. In fact Bratasena loves her very much, and she in turn is never apprehensive, but joyously happy.
The love of a mother for her son is universal. Dewi Arimbi is forced, however, to part from her son because he is a warrior. Raden Gatutkaca coms to his mother and asks to be dressed as a warrior. She is touched to see her son begging to be bathed and decorated. This happens when Gatutkaca falls in love with Dewi Pregiwa, the daughter of Raden Arjuna. It is the first time that he is attracted to a woman. It is said that her beauty is the result of her humble mountain origins. Though simple and unadorned, her beauty is pure and unpretentious and this is what attracts the young warrior.
Before she turns into a beautiful woman, Dewi Arimbi has kedondongan eyes, a large bulbous nose and an open mouth with the fangs of an ogre. She wears the bulan sabit necklace, as well as bracelets, anklets and armbands like other raksasas. After her transformation, she has the refined face of a beautiful woman.

(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-Arimbi.sm_P5050677.jpg

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