The Romance of King Aing Darma
The tale of King Angling Darma, who understood the language of the birds, is of Indian origin. A relative short story of world-wide distribution, it has grown into a full-scale narrative relating the amorous exploits of this king after a curse by an offended goddess. This narrative forms the subject matter of the kidung Aji Darmi of which the text and translation are presented here. Furthermore this work comprises of i.a. summaries of the hikayat Shah Mardan; similar stories in the Tantri and in the hikayat Bayan Budiman; unpublished redactions of the Serat Angling Darma, including that contained in the Serat Kanda, in the Pustaka Raja by Ranggawarsita and in the wayang madya repertoire. A short chapter deals with the visual representation of some episodes from the tale which occur, for example, in the reliefs of the Candi Jago.