The Wayang Kulit: A Famous Shadow Puppet Play Of The Ramayana And The Mahabharati

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The Wayang Kulit is a famous shadow puppet play in Indonesia. Wayang means shadow and Kulit means leather. This is to be said one of the earliest forms of puppet dancing, going back to the year 800. The origin of the Wayang Kulit comes from Indonesia, although there have been arguments that it also could have come from China. This style of theater is based on the "Ramayana" and the "Mahabharata". The Ramayana is a story where a prince Rama tries to rescue his wife from an evil king and The Mahabharata is a story of two different families fighting for a throne which results in war. The plays often represent a fight between the good and evil. The Wayang is very diverse and can accommodate many different themes.
The Wayang Kulit figures range
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The dalang is the person who manipulates the body parts of the characters in the play. He is the leader of the play and has many duties to perform. The dalang can be many different characters by changing his voice. Before the dalang starts a performance, he has his own rituals to prepare himself and make sure the play goes well. He utilizes items around him to make the play very lively. He has uses simple items like a wooden box to beat his instruments. The dalang is the voice of the puppets in a literal and general sense. The dalang makes each puppet have character. Very often the dalang becomes attached to their puppets and even talks to …show more content…
It is still being practiced very often. The plays come on the radio, CDs, television, and lots of performances can be bought in the stores. Although the performances are probably not half as enjoyable as they are in person. I don’t think it will die out because it is very popular, even after all these years. We have the dalang to thank for that. The dalang still draws huge crowds because in every play he is trying to get a message across to people. He wants to show the vales of life. He shows, love, loyalty, good, evil, and heroism. This style of theater is actually thriving. At some colleges, there are programs where you can study puppetry and become a dalang but the job is usually passed down my family

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