Bhomāntaka: The Death of Bhoma

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A. Teeuw, Stuart O. Robson
KITLV Press, Jan 1, 2005 - History - 695 pages
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The Bhomantaka, or the Death of Bhoma, is a wide-ranging tale of the sweet romance of Samba and Yajnawati, of the defeat of the demon Bhoma by King Kresna and his minions in a truly monumental battle, and many more incidents and descriptions, a product of the sophisticated literary tradition of early Java. It will become apparent in the course of reading that there are still numerous philological problems attaching to the text and its interpretation, but on the other hand it is also a fact that it contains many a passage of delightful poetry, philosophical teaching and other cultural information. As a result we get a glimpse of what Java was like perhaps eight and a half centuries ago, and of the thought-world of the Javanese of that age-a world where legendary, mythological or divine beings do battle, and kings march out to restore the welfare of the realm.

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