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Sacred Brass Gamblers Coin featuring Semar and Traditional Javanese Characters

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The relatively large and heavy plaque of brass has a circular shape that is reminiscent of an ancient coin from China. This coin, however, is not Chinese but Javanese. Instead of Chinese characters we see traditional Javanese writing embossed on the rear face of the amulet. It reads: "1946 Palang", referring to the year of ...

Javanese Semar and Petruk Divinities Coin Amulet

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Semar and Petruk both are Javanese divinities, belonging to the group of four Punakawan (pronounced: Punokawan) deities. Semar is the eldest among them, followed by Bagong, Petruk, and Gareng. Petruk has a very fierce character, whereas Semar is characterized by peace and wisdom. Legend has it that Petruk used to be a benevolent rākṣasa demon. ...

Dhanyang Deity Amulet featuring the Holy Image of Semar and Javanese Magic Spells in the Ancient Aksara Jawa Script

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In traditional Indonesian mythology, Semar is a dhanyang deity (i.e. a guardian spirit) who rules over the island of Java and protects its inhabitants. The Javanese have worshipped this powerful spirit since pre-Hindu, -Buddhist and -Islamic times. Indeed, Semar is considered one of the most sacred figures in the Javanese pantheon of animist deities, as ...

Sacred Cloth depicting Semar, the Spiritual Ancestor of Java

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Pre-Islamic Indonesia embraced a vast pantheon of divinities, which incorporated Hindu-Buddhist gods and animist deities. In spite of obvious traces of Indian mythology, Semar is believed to be a local deity indigenous to Java. Traditionally, Semar is considered the elder brother of the god Batara Guru, i.e. the Hindu god Śiva in traditional Javanese wayang ...

Semar Statue made from Sacred Brass Alloy mixed with Ancient Artifacts

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Semar is a god whose origins are rooted in Indonesian mythology from the time of ancestral worship approximately 3500 years ago. The Javanese regard Semar as the spiritual ancestor of the indigenous population of Nusantara (i.e. the Indonesian archipelago). This ancient deity embodies the core teachings of Javanese mystical tradition (Kejawen) in regard to metaphysical ...