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Voices of the Puppet Masters: The Wayang Golek Theater of Indonesia
This book offers an in-depth look at the rod puppet theater of West Java. Lavishly illustrated with almost 200 photographs and drawings, this is the m ...

Wayang Gremeng
Wayang Gremeng is a traditional opera accompanied by muncung or a capella music. The form originated in Central Java. The formula of music and spoken ...

Demon Abduction: A Wayang Ritual Drama from West Java
In English and Cirebon-Javanese Demon Abduction is a ritual drama wherein the souls on screen, and through them the audience; complete with zany runni ...

Gatutkaca on trial: a n ew creation in the shadow theater of Central Java
In English and Javanese Gatutkaca on Trial tells of IndonesiaÂ’s famous flying hero, Gatotkaca, who demonstrates his heroism in a story in which he is ...

The Traitor Jobin: a wayang golek performance from Central Java
In English and Javanese The Traitor Jobin, a story of love and jealousy, offers scenes of brutal violence and court intrigue interspersed with moments ...

Released from Kala's Grip: A Wayang Exorcism Performance from East Java
In English and Javanese Released from KalaÂ’s Grip is an exorcism shadow-play executed for the purification of a young bride who had to be exorcised ...

The Birth of Gatotkaca: A Sundanese Wayang Golek Purwa Performance from West Java
In English and Sundanese, The Birth of Gatotkaca tells the story of the child Jabang Tutuka who is killed by a demon king and brought back to life as ...

Demon Abduction: A Wayang Ritual Drama from West Java
In English and Cirebon-Javanese Demon Abduction is a ritual drama wherein the souls on screen, and through them the audience; complete with zany runni ...

The Traitor Jobin: a wayang golek performance from Central Java
In English and Javanese The Traitor Jobin, a story of love and jealousy, offers scenes of brutal violence and court intrigue interspersed with moments ...

Released from Kala\'s Grip: A Wayang Exorcism Performance from East Java
In English and Javanese Released from KalaÂ’s Grip is an exorcism shadow-play executed for the purification of a young bride who had to be exorcised ...

The Birth of Gatotkaca: A Sundanese Wayang Golek Purwa Performance from West Java
In English and Sundanese, The Birth of Gatotkaca tells the story of the child Jabang Tutuka who is killed by a demon king and brought back to life as ...

Jayadrata
Raden Jayadrata is the son of Begawan Sapwaniwijawastra of Banakeling; he issues magically from the birth sac of the infant Raden Brasena in answer to ...

Kentrung
Kentrung is a Malay or Javanese form of call-and-response rhyming that tells a story. In the art of Kentrung, a puppeteer tells stories while playing ...

Wayang Babad
This a short version of performance traditional Wayang Babad. This form of wayang kulit, originating from Bali in the 1980s, was popularized by puppet ...

Wayang Gremeng
This a short version of performance traditional Wayang Gremeng. Wayang Gremeng is a traditional opera accompanied by muncung or a capella music. The f ...

Wayang Kulit Lukluk
This a short version of performance traditional Wayang Kulit Lukluk Wakul is an acronym that derives from the term Wayang Kulit Luk-luk, which is a ty ...

Anoman
Anoman is a white monkey. He is the son of Betara Bayu and Dewi Anjani, a goddess with the head and arms of a monkey. Anoman has a number of appellati ...

Kayon (Gunungan)
Gunungan (literally, mouontain) is a wayang puppet carved in the shape of a mountain.1) At the base of the puppet is a large gate guarded by two raksa ...

Batara Guru
Wayang Batara Guru sangat dihormati, dianggapnya sebagai wayang yang berkeramat. Oleh karena itu ia dibedakan diantara wayang lain-lainnya, misalnya h ...

Durga
Dewi Drupadi, daughter of King Drupada of Cempalareja, is King YudistiraÂ’s queen and the mother of Prince Pancawala. Drupadi is an unpretentious pers ...

Wisnu
Wisnu adalah seorang Dewa, putera Hyang Guru dan halusnya selalu menitis (turun) pada raja-raja dan satria, begitupun Hyang Wisnu pernah jadi raja dim ...

Brama
Sang Hyang Brama is the god of fire and the son of Betara Guru. he rules in the kingdom of Deksina. He is capable of destroying evil forces with his m ...

Surya
Betara Surya (“surya” means sun) is the sun god and the son of Semar (Hyang Ismaya). His duty is to oversee the daily affairs of man on earth. One d ...

Kamajaya
Sang Hyang Kamajaya, famed for his striking beauty, is a guardian of lovers and the son of Semar (Hyang Ismaya). He is married to Dewi Kamaratih, the ...

Antaboga
Hyang Antaboga is a god who reigns in a palace in the seventh layer below the earth, Saptapratala. He is known as the snake god because he can metamor ...

Watugunung
Prabu Watugunung is the king of Gilingwesi. He is the son of Prabu Palindriya and Dewi Sinta. While he is still in the womb his mother goes into exile ...

Basukesti
Prabu Basukesti is the king of Wirata and the grandson of Prabu Basupati, the former king of Wirata. During his reign he constantly increases the powe ...

Matswapati
Prabu Matswapati is the renowned king of Wirata and is known as raja binatara [revered, god-like king], a king who rules other kings. The kingdom of W ...

Rajamala
Raden Rajamala is the son of Begawan palasara and Dewi Watari. He is a warrior in Wirata during the reign of Prabu Matswapati. He possesses powerful m ...

Utara
Raden Utara is the middle son of the King of Wirata, Prabu Matswapati. He obtains the hand in marriage of Dewi Tirtawati, daughter of Prabu Tasikraja ...

Dewabrata
Raden Dewabrata is the son of Resi Sentanu–a hermit-priest and later the king of Astina, Prabu Sentanu. <br /> <br /> Dewabrata wishes t ...

Wahmuka
Wahmuka is a raksasa [ogre] and the physical incarnation of the amniotic fluid of the triplet daughters–Dewi Amba, Dewi Ambika and Dewi Ambalika–of ...

Palasara
Raden Palasara is the son of Bambang Sakri. He is described as a pendeta-kesatria [priest-warrior] because though he is a warrior fond of battle, he h ...

Bisma
Resi Bisma is the name which Dewabrata takes when he becomes a hermit-priest. During the Baratayuda he allies himself with Astina and is made a comman ...

Ugrasena
Raden Ugrasena is the younger brother of King Basudewa of Madura. Because of his magical strength he is able to defeat the demon invaders of Suralaya ...

Setyaki
Raden Setyaki is the son of King Setyajid of Lesanpura [Ugrasena]. He is also known as Wreniwira because he is the son of Dewi Wresni; he is also ofte ...

Basudewa
Prabu Basudewa seorang raja di Madura, putera Prabu Kuntibodja. Sebelum Prabu Basudewa bertahta jadi raja di Madura, dia berpermaisuri seorang puteri ...

Kakrasana
Raden Kakrasana is the son of Prabu Basudewa and Dewi Rohini. Upon his accession to the throne of Madura he is called Prabu Baladewa. Kakrasana is oft ...

Baladewa
Prabu Baladewa possesses the sacred Nanggala which is so powerful that whoever uses it is invulnerable to attack by anyone including the gods themselv ...

Pragota
Pragota is the chief minister (patih) of King Baladewa of Madura. His speech is coarse and he has a hearty and vulgar laugh. However, these are mere e ...

Narayana
Raden Narayana, son of King Basudewa of Madura, is the future king of Dwarawati. He is sometimes considered–inaccurately–to be the twin brother of K ...

Kresna
Raden Narayana receives several appellations upon his accession to the throne of Dwarawati: Harimurti, Padmanaba (as he is an incarnation of Begawan P ...

Bomanarakasura
Prabu Bomanarakasura is the son of Prabu Kresna and Dewi Pertiwi. He possesses superhuman power. His power is such that if he dies he can come to life ...

Samba
Raden Samba is the son of Prabu Kresna and Dewi Jembawati. He is extremely handsome.*) SambaÂ’s nose is up-turned (nglangak) and his voice is piercing ...

Udawa
Patih Udawa is the son of Kyai Antagopa and Nyai Segopi of Widarakandang in the kingdom of Madura. His father is a shepherd. It is rumored that Udawa ...

Pandudewanata
Prabu Pandudewanata is the second son of Prabu Abiyasa, King of Astina. He is the father of the five Pandawas. Prabu Pandudewanata has two queens: Dew ...

Puntadewa
Raden Puntadewa is the name of King Yudistira in his youth. Upon becoming king, he renounces ornate dress and finery. Puntadewa has jaitan eyes, a poi ...

Drupadi
Dewi Drupadi, daughter of King Drupada of Cempalareja, is King YudistiraÂ’s queen and the mother of Prince Pancawala. Drupadi is an unpretentious pers ...

Pancawala
Raden Pancawala is the son of Prabu Yudistira and Dewi Drupadi. He is often referred to as the adopted son of Wrekudara because his face so resemble h ...

Bratasena
Bratasena is the second of the Pandawas, the sons of Pandu. He has several other names, including Bima and Bayusuta (as the adopted son of the wind-go ...

Werkudara
Werkudara is the name that Bratasena assumes when he reaches maturity. His clothing is different in that Wrekudara wears the clothing of a warrior and ...

Antasena
Raden Antasena is the eldest son of Wrekudara. His mother is Dewi Nagagini, the daughter of Hyang Antaboga, the snake-king of Saptapratala. Antasena ( ...

Gatotkaca
Raden Gatutkaca is the second son of Raden Wrekudara; his mother is a raksasa, Dewi Arimbi of Pringgadani. Gatutkaca is born a raksasa. Because of his ...

Srikandi
Dewi Wara Srikandi is the daughter of Prabu Drupada of Cempalareja. As a young girl she goes to Arjuna to study archery. She later becomes his wife. T ...

Irawan
Bambang Irawan is the son of Arjuna and Dewi Ulupi (daughter of the hermit Resi Kanwa of Mount Yasarata). Irawan usually stays with his mother at his ...

Bambangan
Bambang adalah seorang satria asli dari gunung. Kebanyakan Bambang itu anak Arjuna dari puteri seorang pendeta. Maka Bambang itu dalam wayang hanya se ...

Nakula dan Sadewa
Nakula and Sadewa are twin sons of Prabu Pandu and Dewi Madrim (the sister of Prabu Salya of Mandraka). In their youth they are known as Pinten and Ta ...

Semar
Semar adalah seorang dewa, saudara Batara Manikmaya (Guru), anak Sang Hyang Tunggal. <br /> <br /> Sang Hyang Tunggal menganggap Semarla ...

Petruk
Petruk,the second of SemarÂ’s sons, is, like his brother Gareng, the result of SemarÂ’s meditation. He has an amiable face and he is a clever taker an ...

Bagong
Bagong is the materialization of SemarÂ’s shadow. It is told that when Semar was ordered to live on earth, Semar asked who would befriend him in that ...

Salya
Prabu Salya is the king of Mandraka. He is known as Narasoma in his youth and is the son of Prabu Mandrapati. His queen is Dewi Setyawati [setya = loy ...

Burisrawa
Raden Burisrawa is the son of Prabu Salya of Mandraka. He inherits the raksasa aspect of his grandfather, Begawan Bagaspati, a raksasa priest. He is a ...

Tuhayata
Patih Tuhayata is the patih (chief counselor) in the kingdom of Mandraka from the reign of Prabu Salya until that of his grandchildren. He is respecte ...

Kurupati
Kurupati is the name of Suyudana, king of Astina, in his youth.*) He is the eldest son of Prabu Dastarastra, the king of Astina. Kurupati means “king ...

Banowati
Dewi Banowati is the daughter of Prabu Salya of Mandraka. Banowati is an extremely beautiful woman; she is attractive not because of her clothing of g ...

Suryaputra
Raden Suryaputra is the son of Dewi Kunti and Betara Surya (the son god), and he is conceived and born under rather unusual circumstances. When Dewi K ...

Karna
Adipati Karna is the son of Dewi Kunti, daughter of King Kuntiboja of Madura. In his youth he is known as Suryaputra. As the first-born of KuntiÂ’s so ...

Kartamarma
Raden Kartamarma is the son of Prabu Destarastra; he is one of the most respected of the Kurawas, and reigns in the princedom of Banyutinalang. In cru ...

Durmagati
Raden Durmagati is one of the sons of prabu Destarastra of Astin, and one of the foremost of the Kurawa brothers. In most lakons Durmagati is portraye ...

Kenyawanda
Kenyawandu is a generic puppet which is used to represent an unfeminine Rakseksi [ogress] who rules over the raksasa in a kingdom or serves as guardia ...

Buta Terong
Buta means demon, or giant; terong means eggplant. Because he has an enormous eggplant-shaped nose, this raksasa is known as Buta Terong. Buta Terong ...

Togog
Togog is a comic figure allied to a raksasa kingdom who can be used in any lakon. He serves as an advance scout for the raksasa armies when they are e ...

Limbuk
Limbuk is the daughter of Cangik and a maidservant to the queen. Her haughty and vain manner resembles that of her mother and the two are always primp ...

Garuda
Garuda is the name of a large bird [peksi] said to be the king of birds. He wears a diadem and can speak like a human being. In battle he attack his e ...

Parikesit
Raden Parikesit is the son of Raden Angkawijaya and Dewi Utari. He is born near the end of the Baratayuda. He is especially beloved of the five Pandaw ...

Durna
Dahyang Durna in his youth is known as Bambang Kumbayana and is a handsome and powerful nobleman from the country of Atasangin. <br /> <br / ...

Sengkuni
Sengkuni adalah putera raja di Palasajenar. Waktu mudanya bernama Harya Suman. <br /> <br /> Sengkuni seorang yang pandai bicara, tetapi ...

Gareng
Gareng is the son of Semar and is the result of Semar’s prayers. “Nalagareng” means “with a dried up heart”, because he is clumsy at speaking, in ...

Kangsa
Raden Kangsa is the son of the ogre-king Prabu Gorawangsa. This king, by disguising himself as Prabu Basudewa, had deceived BasudewaÂ’s queen, Dewi Ma ...

Raden Arjuna
Raden Arjuna has many appellations: 1) Arjuna (=“clear water”); 2) Kumbalwali (=“seat of emotion”); 3) Parta (=“of a peaceful character; 4) Marga ...

Abiyasa
Prabu Kresnadipayana (Abiyasa) is the son of prabu Palasara–the king of Astina in the era preceding the Pandawas–and he succeeds his father as King ...

Narasoma
Raden Narasoma is the son of Prabu Mandrapati of mandraka. Upon reaching maturity he is to be married according to his fatherÂ’s wishes, but he refuse ...

Drestajumna
Drestajumna adalah putera Prabu Drupada di Cempalareja. Dia seorang satria yang gagah berani. Dalam perang Baratayuda dia memenggal kepala Pandeta Dur ...

Arimbi
Dewi Arimbi, a Rakseksi [=female ogre], is the sister of King Arimba, the ogre king of Pringgadani. Dewi Arimbi has a dream in which she encounters Ra ...

Abimanyu
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Bayu
Sang Hyang Bayu, son of Betara Buru, is the god of wind and is capable of instantly destroying all the contents of the universe with his wind. The par ...

Dursasana
Raden Dursasana is the second son of Prabu Destarastra of Astina. He reigns in the princedom of Banjarjungut, and is sometimes referred to as “Kesate ...

Dwara
Patih Harya Dwara is Prabu parikesitÂ’s patih, or chief minister, in Astina. He is a wise man and extremely faithful to his king, fulfilling the latte ...

Narada
Betara Narada (also known as Kanekaputra), the son of Hyang Darmajaka, has a magnificent appearance and is magically powerful. In order to add to his ...

Prabu Palgunadi
Prabu Palgunadi is a king in the land of Paranggelung and a disciple of the priest, Pandita Durna. He is extremely sakti (possessing supernatural powe ...

Pinten
Raden Pinten and Raden Tangsen are the Pandawa twins, Nakula and Sadewa when they are still young. They do not wear the normal dodot dress of the warr ...

Rara Ireng
Rara Ireng is the daughter of Prabu Basudewa of Madura. She is the incarnation of the goddess Dewi Sri, the female counterpart to the god Hyang Wisnu ...

Ruparica
Raden Ruparica adalah putera prabu Palasar di Astina dengan Dewi Kekayi. <br /> <br /> Raden Ruparica bermata kedondongan, hidung dan mul ...

Sengkan
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Sentanu
Prabu Sentanu is the King of Astina before the era of the Pandawas. He is originally a hermit-priest from the country of Talkanda with the title of Re ...

Tangsen
Raden Pinten and Raden Tangsen are the Pandawa twins, Nakula and Sadewa when they are still young. They do not wear the normal dodot dress of the warr ...

Trisula
In the wayang warriors make use of a large variety of weapons in battle: <br /> <br /> Trisula, this arrow has three points. There is als ...

Anjani
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Antagopa
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Antareja
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Bagaspati
Bagaspati adalah seorang pendeta. ...

Arimuka
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Arya Prabu
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Aswan
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Anggada
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Anila
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Aswatama
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Aswin
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Banaspati
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Bapang
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Bisawarna
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Buta Babrah
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Danaraja
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Dasarata
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Dewa Srambahan
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Dewaruci
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Drestarastra
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Duryudana
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Gagakbangka
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Indra
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Jagal Walakas
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Jaladara
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Jalalwreka
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Jarasanda
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Jatisura
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Jembawan
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Jembawati
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Kalabendana
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Kalasrenggi
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Kesawasidi
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Krepa
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Kresnayana
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Kumbakarna
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Kumbayana
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Kunti
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Madrim
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Madubrata
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Kuntul Wilanten
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Lesmana Mandrakumara
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Mahadewa
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Panyarikan
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Parekan
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Patihan Sabrang
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Permadi
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Prabawa
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Prabu Welgeduwelbeh (Petruk Dadi Ratu)
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Pramusinta
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Rahwana
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Rukmarata
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Rukmini
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Sadewa
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Gatutkaca on trial: a n ew creation in the shadow theater of Central Java
In English and Javanese Gatutkaca on Trial tells of IndonesiaÂ’s famous flying hero, Gatotkaca, who demonstrates his heroism in a story in which he is ...


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Kentrung
Kentrung is a Malay or Javanese form of call-and-response rhyming that tells a story. In the art of Kentrung, a puppeteer tells stories while playing ...