Join Date: May 2006
David, I do not know the word "ambhara".
This word "ambhara" is not to be found in Balinese, Javanese, Malay, or Bahasa Indonesia (BI).
It can be found in Sanskrit as "ambara" (Macdonell).
Meanings given (dependent upon context) are:- garment, firmament, sky.
ambarakara:- moving in the air, bird, fairy
ambaramarga:- bird's path, sky
ambarapatha:- path in the sky
ambaraprabha:- of a princess
ambaraadhikarin;- groom of the robes
the above has been lifted from A.A. Macdonell's Sanskrit dictionary
"Ambara" can be found in Kawi (literary Javanese) :- atmosphere, uncertain , far off, to wander, to journey
It appears to be known in Indonesian usage as a personal name and a business name.
As a name for the Singo Barong I rather suspect that it is another recent invention.
In a way, this propensity to invent new words and terms for usage with keris is not really a bad thing, language continually develops, and when it stops doing so it becomes a dead language. But from a personal perspective I find this ongoing appearance of strange words just a trifle annoying.