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The King's Witch

The King's Witch G O E N A W A N M O H A M A D Background Notes This is the story of , a Javanese woman of the twelfth century who was destroyed by the king; I have written the story as an operette. As tradition tells it, was a powerful witch from Girah, an area in the Kingdom of Kedhiri. She had a beautiful daughter named , who could find no husband; for fear of her mother, no man would have her. became so angered by her daughter's plight that she spread pestilence throughout the kingdom. To solve the problem, King Airlangga ordered his most respected priest, Empu Bharada, to get rid of --no easy task as the witch owned a book containing all the secrets of sorcery. Empu Bharada reasoned that to deprive of her power one had to first take possession of her book. He arranged a marriage between one of his students and . After their nuptial night, the groom stole the book, and in no time at all was divested of her power and destroyed. Needless to say, this traditional tale is told from the king's point of view. One can assume that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

The King's Witch

Manoa , Volume 12 (1) – Apr 1, 2000

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G O E N A W A N M O H A M A D Background Notes This is the story of , a Javanese woman of the twelfth century who was destroyed by the king; I have written the story as an operette. As tradition tells it, was a powerful witch from Girah, an area in the Kingdom of Kedhiri. She had a beautiful daughter named , who could find no husband; for fear of her mother, no man would have her. became so angered by her daughter's plight that she spread pestilence throughout the kingdom. To solve the problem, King Airlangga ordered his most respected priest, Empu Bharada, to get rid of --no easy task as the witch owned a book containing all the secrets of sorcery. Empu Bharada reasoned that to deprive of her power one had to first take possession of her book. He arranged a marriage between one of his students and . After their nuptial night, the groom stole the book, and in no time at all was divested of her power and destroyed. Needless to say, this traditional tale is told from the king's point of view. One can assume that

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Published: Apr 1, 2000

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