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Open Access Candi Mirigambar: Panji, the ideal lover and warrior

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Candi Mirigambar: Panji, the ideal lover and warrior

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The Panji story depicted at Candi Mirigambar presumably illustrates the Waseng Sari story, which features the separation of Panji and his beloved, their search for each other, the struggle of Panji in fighting and defeating an opponent, and the final union of the two protagonists. The two standing figures, Panji and a kadeyan, both appearing to have an erotic mood, placed next to the entrance, emphasize the erotic aspect of the story in the union of the two protagonists. The quality of a perfect warrior is, in the literary Panji genre, a major issue in Panji's preparation to become a king. Most of the relief panels display the grossly-shaped panakawan. In two panels (5 and 6) the panakawan appears without the cap-figure and instead with the maid servant. The author understands this to be an indicator that he acts as a messenger for his master or replaces his master.

Keywords: Candi Mirigambar; kadeyan; panakawan; Panji story



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