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Wayang figure representing Twalen.

Twalen is a member of the pantheon of gods and demi-gods of Balinese mythology.

He is considered to be a clown in contemporary Balinese stories.[1] He frequently appears in the form of a servant in wayang.[1] However, he is older and more powerful than all the Hindu gods, being really the elder brother of Shiva (Siwa in Balinese).[citation needed] His cognate in Javanese tradition is Semar.


  1. ^ a b Robb, David (2007). Clowns, Fools and Picaros: Popular Forms in Theatre, Fiction and Film. Amsterdam: Rodopi. p. 116. ISBN 978-90-420-2340-6.

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