Puppet mask or we called wayang Topeng is a puppet played by people using masks that cover the face. usually the show is held the same time during the traditional ceremony ruwatan, the ceremony is need to avoid bad luck in family.Wayang topeng is played with gamelan accompaniment and dance.
The Puppet Mask is in addition to featured in cultural performances, wayang Topeng in Javanese culture has various development, either as ritual performance or as performance art.
One of the stories in the show is the origin of the birth of the betara kala and how to control the destiny of the disaster from BETARA KALA
the beginning of the story at the start of the kingdom of gods in arcapada semeru where the government or supreme power of god is held by the SHANG HYANG SIS
Since the age His too old then he intends to resign from the leadership position.
He has four sons who will be appointed to replace him on condition that one of them should be able to catch the ASTODUMILAH throne thrown by SHANG HYANG SIS of the peak semeru.
Of the four children, the youngest son who managed to catch the heirloom asto dumilah
Finally the youngest son who succeeded in replacing SHANG HYANG SIS with the title BETARA GURU
After the leadership BATARA GURU tengger land teacher became prosperous
but with the lack he has not had a companion.
Live a low-class god in the mountain of insurrection he has a daughter with her name was DEWI NAGA GINI
The princess desperately wants to marry BATARA GURU. Finally he managed to marry him and became queen of the gods in tengger land
After a month of marriage DEWI NAGA GINI invite her husband to walk the way to the south coast which we now call the Indian Ocean.
At that time he broke the rules on tengger land that for newlyweds should not travel long before even 40 days.
DEWI NAGA GINI is not aware that she is in a position to conceive.
Because of breaking abstinence there is a miscarriage that eventually fetus fell around the southern coast.
Finally, the fetus is covered with leaves of sono wood by BETARA GURU
Finally they returned to his palace in the mountain semeru.
Without them realize the fetus is found by the DEWA ANTABOGA and given the spirit of life that eventually the fetus is called AJAR KALA
That one day he will become BETARA KALA
To continue in WAYANG TOPENG part 2