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is laid in the plains around the city Ngastina, or in the city itself. The poem opens with the following lines :a *
" In war 'tis the prayer of the brave to annihilate the foe ;
To see the braids of fallen chiefs scattered like flowers before the wind ;
To rend their garments, and burn alike their altars and their palaces ;
Boldly to strike off their heads while seated in their chariots, and thus to obtain renown."
The episode of King Salya, one of the Kaurava princes, and Satiavati, his queen, is singularly romantic, and reveals a high ideal of wifely devotion. The poem relates how Salya steals away from his wife, and sacrifices himself on the field of battle. Then Satiavati wanders over this same field of battle by night in quest of his corpse. A flash of lightning is sent to direct her steps, and when she has found the body of her husband, she addresses the corpse in a speech in which she declares her intention of following his spirit.
* I am indebted for this and the subsequent versions in the text to Raffles' " History of Java."* I am indebted for this and the subsequent versions in the text to Raffles' " History of Java."