The Word of the Day comes from THE FISH GIRL by Mirandi Riwoe
The traditional form of puppet theatre art found in Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia, wherein a dramatic story is told through shadows thrown by puppets and sometimes combined with human characters. ...Wayang refers to the entire dramatic show. Sometimes the leather puppet itself is referred to as wayang.
Wayang kulit (wayang: literally shadow, sometimes Puppet; kulit: leather or skin) is still the most popular form of shadow theatre in all Asia. It has been extremely important in the development of Javanese theatre, as most of the other forms of classical theatre have derived their story material, stylisation, and many performing techniques directly from it.Wayang kulitset the aesthetic standard of Javanese theatre, and partly Balinese theatre as well.