from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An Indonesian puppet. The most famous is Wayang Kulit, the Javanese shadow puppet made from cow skin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The shadow-play of Java, played with colored marionettes cut out of flat pieces of leather.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The wayang is the most important of the native amusements; for the theatre is a rare luxury, and confined chiefly to the towns or to the courts of the native princes.

    A Visit to Java With an Account of the Founding of Singapore

  • Andry Prasetyo/Reuters A man cast his ballot watched by election officials, dressed as Javanese "wayang" comedian characters, at a polling station in Solo in central Java province.

    Presidential Poll

  • "This is the kind of wayang (games) he plays to dupe people into believing that he is a fair and responsible leader," Rizal said at a press conference in the chamber's office at Lebuh Pantai here.

    nst online

  • The Singapore police should have called a press conference immediately in the aftermath of Dr Silviu's departure to explain to the public what it had been doing so far and the limitations it faces without divulging the identity of the culprit instead of repeating the same one-liner to the media like some broken old record-tape - you "wayang" by showing you "care", not by acting blur!

  • Even the Romanian government is able to "wayang" better than Singapore.

  • The PPIA, as the event organizer, held a grand bazaar and presented an entertainment program featuring both traditional (such as wayang, gamelan, and traditional dance) and modern performances.

    The Jakarta Post Breaking News

  • "It peaked during Cap Go Meh celebrations on the 15th day of the new year, where people usually engaged in various entertainment events such as wayang [puppet show], Malay orchestra, keroncong [Indonesian traditional music of Portuguese origin]

    The Jakarta Post Breaking News

  • However, unlike traditional wayang, these puppets move all over: their hair, their clothes, their wrists and ankles.

    The Adventures of Prince Achmed (and other shadow beings)

  • Her images are reminiscent of other artists, such as Kay Nielsen, who teetered in the Chinoiserie space between curvaceous Art Nouveau and more muscular, clean-cut Art Deco; like traditional wayang, she worked with characters carved into mere slivers of shadow.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • If you want to acquire a customized wayang golek or wooden puppet, arrange to meet Tizar Purbaya (62-811-883755) at stall 110.



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  • Yeah, both.

    July 14, 2015

  • bilby: is this puppetry in general or the word for a puppet?

    July 14, 2015