GLIMPSES OF NATIVE LIFE
destined antagonist, and defies him to single combat. For a long time they fight, each in turn seeming victor and vanquished, until at last, Ardjuna, feigning to have received a deadly thrust, sinks down. Then, as the Raksasa, skipping about in insolent joy, shouts out a defiance to the gods, Ardjuna hurls his spear at the monstera s wide-opened mouth and pierces his tongue; and the blasphemer drops down dead. The other Titans
A Wayang representation.
seeing their king fallen, fly, and the gods are saved. But Ardjuna is rewarded for his exploits, the grateful gods bestowing upon him seven surpassingly fair a wida-dari,a a kingdom, and the power of working miracles.
This drama, called Ardjunaa s marriage-feast, is a comparatively short one, which may be performed in the course of one night. The majority of wayang-plays however, require three or four nights, or even