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Balinese Legong Dancers

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Legong is a classical Balinese dance, originally it always performs by a pair of dancers who are two young girls that never have menstruation yet. The word Legong comes from a word Leg, which mean slow dance movement in balinese. It is characterised by highly stylised slow movements. Its delicacy is heightened by the fact that is performed by richly costumed young dancers, sometimes only four years old, many of whom retire at the tender age of 18.

Legong Dancers Instructions

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Ondel Ondel Papercraft

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Designed by papertoy designer Faisal Azad (salazad). Ondel ondel is very familiar in Jakarta Indonesia, as it a part of native jakarta heritage (betawi). Ondel-ondel is a large human giant like puppet which about ± 2.5 m in height and with a diameter of ± 80 cm, made of woven bamboo, built like a cage, so the puppeteer can wear and animate it from inside.  Male Ondel-ondel is painted in red, while the female painted in white color. These forms show many similarities to those in several other areas. This culture may have come from minority region in china, such as Yunan. I saw a program on discovery channel about Yunan culture, very similar to some of indonesian culture, espesially betawi and dayak culture.

Ondel Ondel Papercraft

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Barong - Bali Papercraft

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Beautiful Barong papertoy designed by Faisal Azad (Fai Salazad - Indonesia) for Paper Replika. Fai is one of the well known papertoy designers around. Some of his works were displayed on recent 2009 papertoy exhibition on Minneapolis Art Gallery, USA. He frequently captured the beauty of  Indonesian culture in papertoy design.

Barong Papercraft

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Pocong Ghost Papercraft

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A pocong is a Malaysian/ Indonesian ghost that is said to be the soul of a dead person trapped in their suit. The pocong suit (shroud) is used by Muslims to cover the body of the dead person. They cover the dead body with white fabric called mori and tie the clothing over the head, under the feet, and on the neck. According to the native beliefs, the soul of a dead person will stay on the earth for 40 days after the death. When the ties aren't released after 40 days, the body is said to jump out from the grave to warn people that the soul need the bonds to be released. After the ties are released, the soul will leave the earth and never show up anymore. Because of the tie under the feet, the ghost can't walk. This causes the pocong to hop. [Wikipedia]

pocong papercraft

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Kuntilanak papertoy

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The Pontianak, Kuntilanak, Matianak or "Boentianak" (as known in Indonesia, sometimes shortened to just kunti) is a type of vampire in Malay folklore, similar to the Langsuir. Pontianak are women who died during childbirth and became undead, seeking revenge and terrorizing villages. In folklore, Pontianak usually announces its presence through baby cries or turn themselves into beautiful lady and frighten or kill the unlucky who enter or pass through their vicinity. It usually disguise itself as a beautiful young lady to attract its victim (usually male). Its presence sometimes can be detected by a nice floral fragrance of the ‘kemboja’ (a type of flower) followed by an awful stench afterwards. The distance of a pontianaks cries are very tricky. The Malays believe that if the cry is soft means that the pontianak is near and if it is loud then it must be far. [Wikipedia]

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kuntilanak

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