GLIMPSES OF NATIVE LIFE
To all other pleasures, the Javanese prefers that of witnessing a performance of the wayang, the native theatre. He is an artist at heart, loving sweet sounds, graceful movements, and harmonies of bright colour; and all these he may enjoy at the wayang, where, in the pauses of the drama, ballads are sung to the tinkling accompaniment of the a gamellan, and splendidly-arrayed dancers put forth a the charm of woven paces
The Regent of Malang's Wayang-Wong.
and of waving hands. There are several kinds ot a wayang,a each having its own range of subjects and style of acting *, the most ancient as well as the most popular however, is the a wayang poerwa,a the miniature stage on which the lives and adventures of Hindoo-heroes, queens, and saints are acted over again by puppets of gilt and painted leather, moving in the hands of the a dalanA a who recites the drama.