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Wayang kulit or shadow puppet theater - Performances of shadow puppet theater are accompanied by gamelan in Indonesia. .Shadow puppets are a play of marionettes that dance and move about to tell a story on a blank screen through the movement of shadows, or bayan, and the movement of the puppets themselves. The dalang or puppeteer, who is often in a trance-like state, is the mythic storyteller and believed to be divinely inspired with 'sakti' or magical power which gives him the ability to tell stories of significance which often recount the eternal struggle between good and evil. UNESCO designated Wayang Kulit as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2003.
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Wayang kulit or shadow puppet theater - Performances of shadow puppet theater are accompanied by gamelan in Indonesia. .Shadow puppets are a play of marionettes that dance and move about to tell a story on a blank screen through the movement of shadows, or bayan, and the movement of the puppets themselves. The dalang or puppeteer, who is often in a trance-like state, is the mythic storyteller and believed to be divinely inspired with 'sakti' or magical power which gives him the ability to tell stories of significance which often recount the eternal struggle between good and evil.  UNESCO designated Wayang Kulit  as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2003.