GUNUNGAN

Gunungan which means mountain usually put in opening, intermediaries and closing of Javanese puppet shadow play called wayang. Mountain is important in Javanese world view on life. The pupetter –dalang– tell the stories based on Mahabarata and Ramayana epic and the audiences see the shadow of the wayang behind the big screen. The wayang puppet shadow play start at 8 PM to 5 AM in the morning without pause. The audiences receive lots of values and virtues through the story and form a belief deep inside their heart. It is a beautiful performance and highly artistic play in Javanese culture. Teaching people the way of life through sophisticated entertainment (Drawing by abbysoekarno, 2011)

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