Tumpek Wayang, A Special Blessing Ceremony in Bali by mbakkalapulo published on 2013/01/07 17:41:41 +0000 Renowned for its elaborate puppets and complex musical styles, the ancient form of story telling called wayang kulit originated on the Indonesian island of Java. For ten centuries wayang flourished at the royal courts of Java and Bali as well as in rural areas. In the village setting, the puppets have long been a traditional means of entertainment and way to pass along moral issues, even touching on politics and sensitive social issues. Recently UNESCO named Indonesiaís shadow puppet theater a "world masterpieceî giving the ancient tradition world heritage status. On the island of Bali, the people regularly give thanks to these spiritual and mystical figures with special blessing ceremonies that take place all around the island. Maria Bakkalapulo takes us there. Check out www.mariabakkalapulo.com for more sights, sounds and visuals.