was a priest and adviser to Brawijaya V
, the last ruler of the Hindu
. He was mentioned in Darmagandhul
, a Javanese
spiritual story. He was also said to have cursed his king upon the conversion of the latter to Islam in 1478. Sabdapalon then promised to return, after 500 years and at a time of widespread political corruption and natural disasters, to sweep Islam from the island and restore Hindu-Javanese religion and civilization.
Some of the first new Hindu temples built in Java were indeed completed
around 1978, for example Pura Blambangan in the regency of Banyuwangi.
As the prophesies foretold, Mt. Semeru
erupted around the same time. All this is taken as evidence of the accuracy of Sabdapalon's predictions.