It was very pleasant, if hot, to wander in this small west Javan village… with several more nature photographs to share with you all.
Rain lily (Zephyranthes rosea).
St Joseph’s spider
White bracket fungus
Goatweed, (Ageratum conyzoides) is an introduced weed from South America.
In this same village we made a visit to the home of a puppeteer.
The man of the house carved and painted the puppet’s heads.
Part-finished puppet head.
Other members of his family made the puppet’s costumes.
The workroom was a bit of a jumble.
Hundreds of puppets were ‘in storage’ awaiting their next public performance.
And here are some close ups of some of the puppet faces he has made. Some were gruesome, others were frightening and others were happy individuals.
Can you imagine the nightmares some young children may have after attending a show?
Some of them not so pretty!
a supercilious fellow
I wonder what the joke was?
The man who carved the heads was also the main performer.
Up to 13 other family members make up an orchestra of drums, gongs…
… and wooden xylophones.
It had been a fascinating visit to this place of unusual craft and local cultural entertainment. And we had a rather special farewell from a shy little boy… ta ta!
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Fabulous. Thank you for sharing this unique art form.