Semar is in fact divine and very wise. He is said to be the god Sang Hyang Ismaya in human form, but as a punishment for a misdeed he was given a grotesque form and sent to Earth to serve the descendants of the gods. In puppet shows, Semar is never mistaken and is deceptively powerful. His checkered sarong denotes his sacred origin, while his whitened face symbolizes his nature as a kind and noble teacher. He only has one tooth, which indicates he speaks only the truth.