https://instatbt.com/Place/ubud，bali/1806743056268826Ubud，BaliDo you know, what is Wayang Kulit?
It is a traditional puppet-shadow play in Bali. In a wayang kulit performance, the puppet figures are rear-projected on a taut linen screen with a coconut-oil (or electric) light. The Dalang (shadow artist) manipulates carved leather figures between the lamp and the screen to bring the shadows to life.
Originally this event was meant to contact spirits of ancestors.
When the hinduism came to the island, aims and themes changed: main lines come from Ramayana and Mahabharata.
By the way, this performance even nowadays is not just an entertainment. It's also a magic ritual for restoring the cosmic order.
That's why the theatre of shadows is demonstrated only during special holidays.
Performan starts and ends the same man - Dalang.
He's not just a puppeteer, he has the level almost equal to the priest, as had a long way of mastering his craft.
He is not just moving the puppets, but also playing all roles in the performance.
He has to have a talent of improvization and should also make political hints.
Dalang supposed to know all village gossips and be a master of manipulation in talking about neighbours' lives.
Cause as we know, Gods love to laugh as people do!
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