Arja Cupak Gerantang is a popular Balinese Drama which is usually performed during a temple ceremony or indeed at any kind of ceremony. This video was shot during a temple ceremony at Banjar Sakeh in Tabanan Village, Bali. The drama tells about Cupak’s journey, village by village in search of his younger brother (Gerantang), who has run away from home. On his journey Cupak meets many people and has many experiences. He’s finally reunited with his brother Gerantang and together they rescue the King’s daughter from an evil giant. Cupak’s character represents the greedy, lazy, and cunning side of human nature, whilst Gerantang is brave, handsome and generous. But, as we shall see, Cupak is also a gifted healer and “it takes all sorts to make a world”.
This video shows a balian (Balinese healer or shaman) and his servant. The King’s servants meet the Balian. Then Cupak enters the stage. Cupak, in Balinese culture, represents the greedy, lazy, and cunning side of human character. But, as we shall see, Cupak is also a gifted healer.