Semar is the Javanese main deity. Many misconceive him as a Hindu deity. This is not true, since Semar is a native Javanese deity preceeding the
arival of Hinduism and Buddhism in Indonesia, in the 1st century AD.
The semar uniqueness IMHO lays in his clown like appearience. Atlhough some might disagree with me, if I describe him very much resembling the modern
clown. Some also say that the Semar is a more symbolic character rather than a historical one. Or that of a mythical one.
His face resambles of a crying and a laughing expression, at the same time. This symbolizes duality. Perhaps the concept of Yin Yan. The unified
philosopy of bittersweet, I prefer to say. The oneness of sadness and happiness.
The Semar as a shadow puppet
But sometimes Semar is also said to be unisexual, neither a male or female. Similar to the Buddhistic Brahma. His appereance is also said to be of a
servant, not as of other supreme deities from other civilizations or cultures. Yet he is also told to be very powerfull, just like any other gods.
But primarly Semar is conceived as a very wise but yet subtle, gentle and not high profile deity, in his ways. Humour is another dominant part of the
Semar. He is a deity to be idolized and to be looked up as a role model or reference, but also to be laughed at. He very much resambles the Javanese
culture and philosopy.
Semar figure in Javanese caligraph[/align]
But some have the oppinion that the Semar didnt predate the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, instead he was a symbol of the counter cultural movement of
Javanese native people toward the penetrating Hindu and Buddhism beliefs.
The Semar had three children, which are also not less comical than Semar. They are Gareng, Petruk and Bagong. I am not sure what they should represent
or symbolize, though. My pardon.
Semar as a word, is also sometimes intepreted into the Indonesian word "samar", which means subtle, or formless, like what spirituality ought to be.
"Samar" means "not obvious" or aetherlike, or sublime, non material, indeterministic, or even a matter of personal experience/intepretation. Astral,
mental, ghoib, of another realm, mysthical etc, etc.
Semar and his 3 children[/align]
Thats it for now, ladies and gents
Thank you for visiting my thread. Hopefully it did any good, cheers.
Semar wiki page in english.
edit on 8-9-2012 by coyote66 because: sorry cant get the images &
alignment thing right