Notes on Contemporary Life as Reflected in the Arjunawijaya
It has been pointed out in Chapter One that since the Arj. and the Nag. were written barely ten years apart and, in all probability, in one and the same place, it is not surprising that the pictures of contemporary life emerging from both works are very much the same, and in cases where we find different information in these two works, this is complementary rather than conflicting.
KeywordsReligious Establishment High Wall Waste Land Scenic Beauty Contemporary Life
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- 36.Pigeaud (JFC 2: 19) is of the opinion that karaksan is the name of a place: a guardhouse or redoubt. The appropriate affixes to form a noun with a verb as the base word having the sense of `place of activity’ is pa-an (see Zoetmulder 1950: 68; cf. 74–5). Karaksan thus must here be used in the same sense as in Nag. 7,2d: safety, security. Ìn Adip: 11,24 there is also the same combination of ak¨¦mit and karaksan, and since this passage refers to a hermitage, the meaning `guard-house’ or `redoubt’ for karaksan would be incongruous.Google Scholar
- 37.This battle, the pasunda-bubat, is related in a matter-of-fact way in Par. 28–9, and has been the theme of various versions of the Kidung Sunda (Krom 1931: 402–3). Recently Berg (1962: 309; 1969: 268–70; 545) argues against the historicity of the battle of Bubat. He considers it as a story growing from a Javanese Lalitawistara text older than the Nag. The question of the acceptability of this hypothesis, however, falls outside the scope of the present work.Google Scholar
- 38.cf. Pigeaud (JFC 4: 223–4). Pigeaud’s reference to six stanzas, instead of five, quoted by Bosch is a slip.Google Scholar