King Rawana of the Ramayana

A classical Yogya style Javanese dancer portraying the evil King Rawana struts about on stage, stomping his legs and jerking his head from side to side in an intimidating manner. The principal characters in the Ramayana, a timeless Indian epic introduced to Indonesia over 1,000 years ago, embody various human traits--such as loyalty, greed, virtue, lust, respect and deceit--and reveal complex human emotions and struggles between good and evil.

Yogyakarta (Jogjakarta), Central Java

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