Kōrero: Indonesians

Cultural influences (1 o 3)

Cultural influences

The art of shadow puppetry, demonstrated here inn 1983 by Mr Widiyanto of New Zealand’s Indonesian embassy, is known as wayang kulit (wayang is a Javanese word for ‘shadow’ or ‘ghost’). These two-dimensional figures project images onto a backlit screen and are used to tell stories. Many tales are based on Indian epics, but have been given their own interpretations by generations of Javanese storytellers. Widiyanto learned the arts from his father, who was a professional puppeteer (dalang).

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1983/2534/24
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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Carl Walrond, 'Indonesians - Culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/901/cultural-influences (accessed 22 September 2020)

He kōrero nā Carl Walrond, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2015