Ulrike Niklas u.niklas at Uni-Koeln.DE
Tue Mar 11 07:20:31 UTC 1997

> I may be in error, but this story is not, I think, in the Javanese 
> Mahabharata, but is the frame story of the Navaruci (ed. and tranl. by 
> Prijohoetomo, Nawaruci: Inleiding, Middel-Javaansche prozatekst, vertaling, 
> Groningen, 1934). [see also, Jan Gonda, "Some Notes on the Relation between 
> Syntactic and Metrical Units in a Javanese Kidung, BKI 114 (1958), 
> pp.98-116]. A metrical version is Poerbatjaraka, Dewa-Ruci, in Djawa 20 
> (1940), pp.5-55.
> The language of both of these versions is hardly Old, but rather Middle 
> Javanese, something which itself would militate against the story  being of 
> Indian origin. 
> Max Nihom
> Vienna

THank you very much for your information. My request was on behalf of a 
friend (I myself dont know anything about the Javanese tradition(s).)
I will pass your message on to him.

Ulrike Niklas

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