Javanese children tell Christmas story in shadow puppet play

Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:51pm EST
 
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Young Javanese children rehearse traditional instruments and practice the ancient art of shadow puppetry for a play about the story of Christmas.

The children perform a form of shadow puppetry known as wayang wahyu, which mixes traditional Javanese culture and Catholicism. It was developed in the 1960s by a puppet master to teach  religion through shadow puppet plays.

During the show the puppets are seen on stage along with their shadows.