In the Balinese folktale of Rajapala, a handsome young man named Rajapala (Nutmeg King) steals the clothing of the heavenly nymph Ken Sulasih while she is bathing. Unable to fly away, she becomes his wife. After giving birth to their son Durma, Sulasih returns to heaven. Heartbroken, Rajapala retires to the forest and is never seen again. Dhurma is cared for by a royal family, but when he grows up he wants to find his parents. He searches in the forest for his father and meets many dangers along the way, including an ogress who wants to marry him. His adoptive royal family sends out soldiers to save him . With divine assistance Durma (left) finally meets his winged mother (center) as another youth (right) watches. He never finds his father, however.
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