Traditional Indonesian Wayang - shadow puppets

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Wayang Kulit Puppet. My mother was born in Indonesia, & she owned a shadow puppet that looked rather like the tallest one here. It provided me with TONS of 'nightmare fuel' as a child (& still does!).

My mother was born in Indonesia, & she owned a shadow puppet that looked rather like the tallest one here. It provided me with TONS of 'nightmare fuel' as a child (& still does!

Really cool! Brave Rama appears in poised in a handcrafted wayang golek (rod puppet) by Nono Supriatna. He carves it from albesia wood and uses oils to paint the puppet with expressive detail. His elegant sarong is adorned with beads and batik motifs, his regal crown is impressive. Lord Vishnu's seventh reincarnation, Rama is the hero of the Ramayana, the Hindu epic legend that tells of his trials and tribulations, including the rescue of his wife, Sita, from an evil king. NOVICA

Hinduism Wood Rod Puppet, 'Brave Rama'

Wood rod puppet, 'Brave Rama' by Nono Supriatna (Bali and Java)

Traditional Thai puppets. Love the details around the eyes!

Photo Credit: Ernie Reyes It is said that shadow puppets originated in China, over 2000 years ago. Legend tells of an Emperor so heart.

While sita dreams the barong dance, the sun rises in the forest, Bali

While sita dreams the barong dance, the sun rises in the forest, Bali

Vintage Puppets Handmade Wayang GolekWood rod by BlackDoveVintage on Etsy $89.00

Vintage Puppets Handmade Wayang GolekWood rod by BlackDoveVintage on Etsy $89.00

Shadow puppet theater is called Wayang kulit in Indonesia and it is particularly popular in Java and Bali. The term derived from the word wayang literally means shadow or imagination in Javanese, also connotes "spirit". The word kulit means skin, as the material from which the puppet is made is thin perforated leather sheets made from buffalo skin.  Shadow puppetry is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment.

Shadow puppet theater is called Wayang kulit in Indonesia and it is particularly popular in Java and Bali. The term derived from the word wayang literally means shadow or imagination in Javanese, also connotes "spirit". The word kulit means skin, as the material from which the puppet is made is thin perforated leather sheets made from buffalo skin. Shadow puppetry is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment.

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