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Southeast Asian wayang/nang talung puppetry presents the local hero as refined. Three types of “others” repeat: 1) comic foreigners, 2) Raja Sabrangan (“Overseas King”) and followers, and 3) physically deformed clown servants. The last two groups are important and may relate to Austronesian concepts of spirit siblings accompanying each person through life.
University Of Connecticut
puppet, representation, race and ethnicity, wayang, clown
Arts and Humanities | Indigenous Studies | Other Arts and Humanities | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies
Foley, Kathy, "The Other in Southeast Asian Puppetry" (2023). Representing Alterity through Puppetry and Performing Objects. Edited by John Bell, Matthew Isaac Cohen, and Jungmin Song.