Language: Indonesian

Description

Hulu Radon literally means "female hilt". It is the name for a Javanese keris hilt depicting a stylized veiled female figure, often thought to represent Durga.

Durga is the Hindu warrior goddess who is worshipped by many Indian warrior castes. She is a manifestation of Uma, wife of Shiva the Destroyer.

Hulu Balu Mekabun is an alternative name for the hilt, meaning "veiled widow hilt".

References
See Sejr Karsten Jensen; Krisdisk. Chapter 6 and Cedric Le Dauphin; Kriss Handles from Java. Paris, 2023. Pages 64-67.

 

Backstory

The story behind the hilt is most likely that of Uma, the companion of Shiva who was disloyal to him with Brahma. When Shiva found out, he punished her by turning her into a terrible demon for 12 years and condemning her to live on a graveyard. She veiled herself because even the sight of her ugliness could kill mortals. In this demon form, she was known in Java as Ranini or Raksassi Bhatari Durga.1

Notes
1. Cedric Le Dauphin; Kriss Handles from Java. Paris, 2023. Pages 64-67.

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