In Solo, Indonesia Dalang Purbo Asmoro (see https://wepa.unima.org/en/purbo-asmoro/ for bio) responded to the bulletins of the rising of the Corona Virus and dying of Indonesian President Jokowi’s spouse by staging a Ruwatan (“Secure Making”) efficiency of the ‘Sudamala’ story. Like all of Indonesia he practiced quarantine—the musicians, the viewers, and all the opposite spectacular components of Wayang had been gone. Nonetheless the dalang as a healing pressure doing a ritual story was current.
Dalang Purbo got here in bearing the requisite choices for his live-streamed ritual. He apologized upfront for any errors or shortcomings (humility is required to please the spirit world). He sat down and, taking part in his personal accompaniment on a metalophone referred to as a gender, including percussive accents for fights together with his foot hitting the steel plates (ketrek), manipulating with none assistant at hand figures, he carried out the complicated Sudamala story which is a part of a ritual of safety in opposition to forces that threaten (“mala is evil)—on this occasion the evil he’s countering is rising Covid-19.
The story tells how the excessive goddess of the universe in her demonic type (Durga) is attempting to get a mom (Girl Kunti) to sacrifice her stepson Sadewa. When Kunti refuses a demon enters her physique and Sadewa is tied to a tree for sacrifice. Sadewa’s refusal of the demonic Durga brings the divine energy of Siwa (Batata Guru) into his physique and he’ll quickly save his mom and household. The disaster is averted.
Dalang Purbo titles the Youtube model as “doa untuk dunia” (prayer for the world). We hope that the healing energy of wayang usually and this story by an vital dalang of latest central Java does its work—making the world secure/ruwat.
The longer story which you’ll discover by studying the Danker Schaareman article beneath is a bit difficult, however the gist is that above.