Wayang Lemah to Conquer the Times

Wayang Lemah to Conquer the Times

Day puppet or wayang lemah performance is considered sacred and usually staged during the day and always associated with the execution of religious ceremony. Puppet performance can only be staged by puppeteers who have undergone spiritual initiation through ceremony. This puppet show is without using a screen and blencong oil lamp. In playing the puppet,

Day puppet or wayang lemah performance is considered sacred and usually staged during the day and always associated with the execution of religious ceremony. Puppet performance can only be staged by puppeteers who have undergone spiritual initiation through ceremony.

This puppet show is without using a screen and blencong oil lamp. In playing the puppet, the puppeteer leans the puppets on a white thread of about half to one meter tied to an erythrina wooden stick placed on a banana trunk on both sides of the puppeteer. The gamelan accompaniment is a gender puppet with a five-tone scale. Puppet show of this ceremony is very dependent on the time of the implementation of the religious ceremonies to be followed.

Supporting artists of this show are at least 3 to 5 people consisting of a puppeteer and one or two pairs of gender gamelan players. As ritual arts, the day puppet show usually takes place around the venue of ceremony without using a special stage. The storyline is adapted to the ceremony performed. If the staging is performed in Deva Yadnya, the play will feature Kunti Yadnya, Marisuda Bumi and others. Meanwhile, at the bhuta yadnya ceremony, the play will feature Bima Dadi Caru and so do the other ceremonies. They must be adjusted to the type of ceremony taking place. The plays are generally derived from the Mahabharata story.(BTN)

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