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Contact: Andrew Chatfield achatfield wesleyan. On Java, however, dalang say the art was invented by the wali, the nine saints who converted Java to Islam. Kalijaga understood and created the first leather puppet. Contemporary dalang consider themselves the literal or spiritual descendants of the wali.
Unlike shadow puppet theater, which requires darkness to enact, rod puppet theater can be enacted at any hour. Significant innovations were made during the era of the wali.
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Slowly, Javanese performers from the Cirebon-Tegal area of the north coast migrated into the highlands of West Java, where Sundanese was spoken. Local aristocrats known as regents, working under the colonial government, invited dalang to settle in those cities.
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Today major wayang performers are known all over Java. Skip to main content. Log in or sign up to save resources Print page Email link to page. Resource Type:. Background Information. Southeast Asia.