at the Picture
Update January 2002
Size 120x90 cm
(left) - 150x100 cm (right), oil on canvas
Semar and his sons by Soedibio
Wayang legendary, Semar and his three sons were called "Punakawan"
meaning the servants of the Pandawa royalty. Semar himself is an
important mysterious figure in the Indonesian traditional wayang
performance , with a visible sign of sacredness, his checkered hipcloth.
he is not only loved, but revered and regarded as the most sacred
figure in the whole wayang legendary. He usualy appeared on the
screen , only when danger is greatest, the distress of his master
deepest, and when help is essential. Semar and his sons Gareng,
Petruk and Bagong represented the voice of the simple village folk,
wich formed the greatest majority of the population; with all their
strength, misery and wisdom. Without their support, advice and succor
the whole kingdom might be lost.
Albeit standing behind the Five Pandawa hierarchy, Semar and his
sons as the manifestation of the people's power and wisdom, contributed
an outstanding role in Pandawa's reigning policy.