Bekasi’s Puppet, Combination Javanese Wayang Kulit and Marionette Puppet

Indonesia has so many cultures coming from each tribe. One is Java. Java has a unique culture and interesting that could be explored further. The place is famous as a place to preserve and defend Javanese culture is Yogyakarta and Surakarta because of its close proximity to the palace. That’s why around Yogyakarta and Surakarta will be found a place that produces puppet and present a puppet show. Puppet known as wayang puppets typical of Central Java is purwa. Based on the style, puppet prototype ddan Surakarta Yogyakarta style are two different things although the difference is not much.

Bekasi is one of the cities in West Java. As the city becomes part of the complex metropolitan cities like the capital Jakarta, not many traditional cultures are left in Bekasi. However, who would have thought that Bekasi also has its own peculiar shadow puppets. Wayang shadow puppets Bekasi is a result of a combination of Javanese puppet prototype and puppet show from West Java. That’s why there is a difference between Bekasi puppet with a puppet prototype from Java and puppet show originating from West Java. In terms of story, puppet Bekasi each has the same root as wayang stories in general. Differences wayang puppet prototype Bekasi with Java and puppet show are from the characters in the story and the portrayal of his character. Bekasi puppet characters on more than a puppet characters like Cepot, Semar, gareng and udel.

Wayang kulit Bekasi originally brought by a man named Balentet at the beginning of the 20th century. Balentet originally studied in Cirebon and returned with a puppet in the form of characters pandawa five inherited from his teacher. Before starting a performer, Balentet study with three teachers to finalize pedalangannya science. Three teachers are Rasiun Mbah Mbah Mbah Belentuk and Cepe. Having studied at the third teacher, a performer Balentet started to become famous puppeteer in Bekasi. Balentet continue puppetry to die and bequeath science puppet on his sons. That’s why puppet Bekasi an art of populist and quite famous in Calcutta at that time.

As one of the culture of Indonesia, shadow puppets Bekasi need to be preserved. Puppet is a combination of puppet prototype of Java and the puppet show is quite unique and interesting though is still unknown whether this type of puppet that is still existing or already extinct. For those of you who have interest in wayang puppets jakarta and more, you can visit the museum of puppets in the Old City. For more information, you can find in here


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