Watugunung is an ancient story from Java.
It's actually a story about the birth of time in Java.
We heard the story for the first time from a play of Teater Garasi calls Waktu Batu.
Watugunung is one of the character of their performance, and his story was combined with others folks and myths in that performance.
On December 2013, while Teater Garasi invited us to do a re-enactment of one of their plays, we said yes, and decided to choose "WATUGUNUNG" which was part of their Waktu Batu performance.
The story itself is pretty complicated.
So we decided to take one point of view to tell the story.
And it was from Shinta's point of view.
Shinta is the central character of the story. And who is she?
She is Watugunung's mom.. and also Watugunung's wife.
So here was how the story told, in our version....
Shinta, was a sad mom.
She had been trying hard to find her only son, Watugunung... who ran away from home after she hit his head unexpectedly.
She spent most of her life to try to find his own son.
But one thing happens to her, she never turns old.
One day, Shinta met a gorgeous man.
They are falling in love to each other.
And from their love, she was gave birth 13 twins...
yes 26 kids as the apples of their love.
But one night, while Shinta and her husband pouring each other with love,
an unexpected thing happened.
Shinta found a scar on her husband's head.
The scar that she never found before.
And while she asked him what happened with his scar..
He told her a story.
A story that Shinta would never want to hear in her whole life.
He was him.
He was Watugunung.
Her son that she had been searching for.
All the thunder came to herself now.
But It's impossible to tell him that she is his mom...
So Shinta decided to kill Watugunung..
The man that she loves.
She gave Watugunung a challenge.
If you really love me, show me.
You have to defeat Syiwa, the god.
Then i know that you really love me.
And Watugunung received the challenge.
He wanted to show Shinta how big his love to that beautiful lady, the mother of his 26 sons.
Then Watugunung called Syiwa.
The fought day and night.
And by one chance....
Syiwa beat Watugunung with his power.
Watugunung was defeated.
He was dead.
Shinta never thought that her heart will feel that pain.
It's the most painfull moment for her.
She was crying day and night, week by week...
Calling Watugunung's name.. asking him to come back.
And Syiwa gave her another chance.
Watugunung opened his eyes...
and asked Shinta...
"Who are you?"
then Shinta answered...
"I am your mother... I am your wife".
all photos by : Indra Wicaksono
courtesy by Papermoon Puppet Theatre