Balinese myths: Antaboga, the world serpent
Antaboga is the world serpent of Balinese mythology. At the beginning of time, only Antaboga existed. By means of meditation, the great serpent created the world turtle, Bedawang. Two snakes lie on top of the world turtle, as well as the Black Stone, which forms the lid of the underworld.
HOW THE ANTABOGA IS STRUCTURED
The underworld is riled by the goddess Setesuyara and the god Batara Kala, who created the light and the earth. Above the earth lies a layer of water and, above the water, a series of skies. Semara, the god of love, lives in the floating sky, and above that lies the dark blue sky, home to the sun and moon. Next is the perfumed sky, which is full of beautiful flowers and is inhabited by Tjak, a bird with a human face; the serpent Taksaka; and a group of snakes known as the Awan, who appear as falling stars. The ancestors live in a flame-filled heaven above above the perfumed heaven, and beyond that is the abode of the gods.
Source: “Myths and Legends of India, Egypt, China & Japan” by Rachel Storm – Hermes House