In Indonesia, shadow theatre is called Wayang, meaning shadows that deal with the metaphysical world of ancestors and spirits. The word today also means figures made from leather and generally a dramatic performance in which the actors are puppets or people.
The first traces of Wayang Kulit in Java go back to the 9th century. But with the conversion of Java to Islam in the 16th century, the character of this shadow theatre changed radically. The basic stories in Wayang Kulit are of three types...

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