Saturday, September 25, 2010

Off to Indonesia

Rex got up to dance with the famous Shadow Puppets of Indonesia. Here he's with Bima (or Bhima) who is the second of the five Pandava's brothers. He is recognized by his great stature and strength. They are among the main characters of the Mahabharata. Rex felt some affinity for the Pandava brothers, you know what I mean... They are brothers, like himself and Max.  And there's something about puppets...

Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppets)
City/Region: Yogyakarta
Shadow Puppet performances have become a part of Indonesia's cultural heritage. The puppets are lovingly handcrafted out of buffalo or goatskin with moveable limbs that are worked by a highly skilled puppeteer from behind a backlit screen, casting the shadows of the puppets into a spellbinding story. The puppeteer is usually the director, producer and main narrator of the shadow world. The stories have their origins in classic Hindu mythologies and Ramayana tales and are narrated in the local dialects.

Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia comprises 17,508 islands. With a population of around 230 million people, it is the world's fourth most populous country, and has the world's largest population of Muslims. Indonesia is a republic, with an elected legislature and president. The nation's capital city is Jakarta. The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Other neighboring countries include Singapore, Philippines, Australia, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indonesia is a founding member of ASEAN and a member of the G-20 major economies.


1 comment:

  1. Wow it's just beautiful my friend :) i'm learning so much about the world. I'm glad the boys are on this trip :)