Ki Samidjan posing with his shadow puppets Betari Jaluwati, left, and Warya Bissunanda. Photo: Handout
Ki Samidjan posing with his shadow puppets Betari Jaluwati, left, and Warya Bissunanda. Photo: Handout
Indonesia

In Indonesia, LGBT ‘wayang’ shadow puppets have a message of tolerance, without the sermon

  • Samidjan, a master of shadow puppetry or wayang, has created transgender characters to push back against rising intolerance in the Muslim-majority country
  • It’s a modern message, but the tradition – which dates back to the 11th century – has always aimed to both entertain and convey a moral message to its audience

Topic |   Indonesia
Ki Samidjan posing with his shadow puppets Betari Jaluwati, left, and Warya Bissunanda. Photo: Handout
Ki Samidjan posing with his shadow puppets Betari Jaluwati, left, and Warya Bissunanda. Photo: Handout
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