The shadow theatre of Indonesia

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The shadow theatre of Indonesia

70 Indonesia 07 1517

The shadow theatre of Indonesia

The wayang kulit theatre originated from India. In 840, the Tembaga inscription on Java mentioned the shadow puppeteers or aringgit who are now known as dalang.

The buffalo-leather puppets are carved, painted finely, and equipped with horn handles. Accompanied by the gamelan orchestra, the puppeteer operates behind a white canvas background and simultaneously lends his voice to the corresponding characters. The shadows of the puppets are visible on the screen due to the light projected from the rear.

The shadow play is presented at ritual feasts. The stories are excerpted from two Indian epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata or Panji cycle.


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