Anies may have succeeded in becoming Damarwulan. Anies even stabbed into Ken Arok. But will Anies suffer the same fate as Untung Suropati?
DAMARWULAN was a warrior during the Majapahit era who succeeded in securing the Majapahit kingdom from various turmoils that occurred in the Majapahit state during the time of Queen Kencana Wungu ruling the Majapahit kingdom.
Damarwulan is the personification of gentle and gentle Satrio, likes to work hard, wants to live a simple life, close to the lives of the common people. Damarwulan promises more solutions than intrigue, intimidation, collusion, settlements that often occur in the center of power. So was the case when Queen Kencana Wungu led Majapahit.
Ratu Kencana Wungu always felt intimidated by Menak Jinggo, prince from Banyuwangi who was powerful Mandraguna. Menak Jinggo was never deterred from always trying to marry Ratu Kencana Wungu, even with intimidation.
Damarwulan was also a victim of power intrigue in Majapahit which was always carried out by Patih Logender, who colluded with his son, to be able to reach the peak of power in Majapahit. Not even shy, Patih Logender and his two sons manipulated Damarwulan’s victory over Menak Jinggo to become their own victory.
Damarwulan is a warrior legend that is often neglected. But with all the paths he takes, there is always a way out. While serving at Patih Logender’s house, Damarwulan was actually able to win over Dewi Anjasmara, daughter of Patih Logender who was very fierce. Damarwulan was then used by Patih Logender to quell Menak Jinggo’s intimidation, as part of Patih Logender’s intrigues in the center of the Majapahit Kingdom.
Damarwulan’s victory was later processed into the victories of his two sons, in the presence of Ratu Kencana Wungu, Leader of the Majapahit Kingdom. Damarwulan is very loved by the Javanese people. Damarwulan is an idol for parents, and sets an example for parents in advising their children when they want to strive for something.
What about Ken Arok?
Ken Arok is also not a foreign figure for the Javanese people. Ken Arok was a highly respected king, if not one to be feared. Ken Arok is also trusted, along with Ken Dedes. They passed down the lineage of the Raja Raja of Java.
Indeed Ken Arok is phenomenal and thrilling his life story. Ken Arok, who was a robber, was finally able to become King Singasari because he fell in love with Ken Dedes, wife of Tunggul Ametung, an Akuwu in Tumapel.
It is said that when Ken Dedes was getting off the train, Ken Arok, who was already a palace guard, saw Ken Dedes’ thighs whose cloth was torn apart by the wind. Another story says that Ken Arok saw a light emitting from the inside of Ken Dedes’ body. Since then Ken Arok could not sleep.
Day after day of events, Ken Arok only thought of Ken Dedes. Ken Arok wanted to marry Ken Dedes. Ken Arok was sure that if he could marry Ken Dedes so that his offsprings would become kings. By all means, Ken Arok tried to marry Ken Dedes.
From ordering a dagger to Empu Gandring and killing the Empu because the dagger ordered was not finished. Until he lent the dagger to Kebo Hijau, who proudly introduced to many people that he had the dagger. He then killed Tunggul Ametung the Akuwu Tumapel, then married Ken Dedes.
But Ken Arok continued to succeed. Ken Arok not only wanted to become Akuwu in Tumapel, but to expand his power, even to the point of being proclaimed King of the Singasari Kingdom. The Singasari Kingdom under Ken Arok became the Great Kingdom in Java.
Another story is about Untung Suropati. The Balinese boy who was used as a slave by the Dutch turned out to be carrying an nDaru. It is said that the Dutchman who hired Untung who was brought to Batavia, is said to have always been lucky after hiring Untung. But Untung, because maybe nDaru arrived, had the courage to marry his employer’s daughter, Suzane. It prompted Suzane’s father very angry. Since then, Untung has become a fugitive from the Netherlands.
For one reason or another, Untung was invited to negotiate with the Dutch, if he wanted to work together to capture one of the princes, Untung would be released from his fugitive status and even be made an officer. It is said that one of the prince’s conditions was to be taken prisoner if the native officer picked him up. An impossible thing. But it happened. Maybe because nDaru likes to play dog with Untung. His name is also Lucky. Finally the Prince was captured.
But in the middle of the road, the Prince who became a prisoner of Untung wass treated arbitrarily by Dutch officers. Untung did not accept to see the incident. His conscience rebelled and finally Untung put up a fight, which of course Untung became a fugitive again.
When the captive Prince Untung’s wife asked for help to be escorted to her family at the Mataram Palace, Untung agreed to accompany her.
On the way, Untung clashed with Prince Suropati. With careful investigation it turned out that Prince Suropati was found guilty. Back luck arrived at nDaru. Untung also got the nickname Untung Suropati.
Arriving at the Mataram Palace, Untung Suropati was well received and even protected from the pursuit of the Dutch.
During the battle with the Mataram Palace, Captain Tack died. Then Untung Suropati was given power in one of the Duchy in East Java. Fortunately, Suropati, a Balinese boy whose origins are unclear, became a slave, because when nDaru dared to fight against the Dutch and was able to become a leader in the heyday of the kingdom in Java. Fortunately Suropati was appointed an Indonesian National Hero.
Anies may have succeeded in becoming Damarwulan. Anies even has the opportunity to become Ken Arok. But will Anies suffer the same fate as Untung Suropati?
MJK Riau, Columnist and freelance writer