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Ramayana mask from Thailand
Ramakian in Thailand
The Ramakian is the Thai version of the Indian Hindu epic written over 2,000 years ago, '' Ramayana ''. Read more here
Shadow puppet play in South East Asia
Travelling through much of South-East Asia, one would come across the many forms – masks and puppets being seen throughout much of Indonesia, where the art was thought to have originated from, and Indochina, where it is believed to have taken root since early Angkorian times. This is still seen in Cambodia where the Sbeik Thom shadow puppet play depicts scenes from the Ramayana, and Sbeik Touch, is used to depict plays on daily village life.
Thai Puppets and Khon Masks by
Elaborately, gilded masks worn by dancers performing in the popular Ramayana dance drama
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In northeastern Thailand there is a version of the Ramayana entitled Phra Lak Phra Lam which is the same story and title found in Laos. The people of these regions speak the same language, have similar customs, and enjoy the same literature. There are three versions of the Phra Lak Phra Lam and local legend has it that two of them were told by Buddha himself.
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Ramayana in Asia
Ramayana has also captured the imagination of many other cultures beyond its origins in India. In Southeast Asia, scenes from the Ramayana can be found in places ranging from Prambanan, a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Yogyakarta in central Java, Indonesia, to the magnificent 12th-century Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Ramayana in focus : visual and performing arts of Asia by
Call Number: 700.482945
Thai Puppets and Khon Masks by
Call Number: 475.592
Elaborately, gilded masks worn by dancers performing in the popular Ramayana dance
Ramayana in Prambanan in Indonesia
Kakawin Ramayana is an Old Javanese rendering of the Sanskrit Ramayana in kakawin meter. It is believed to have been written in Central Java (modern Indonesia) in approximately 870 AD during the era of Medang Kingdom. Kakawin Rāmâyaṇa is a so called kakawin, the Javanese form of kāvya, a poem modeled on traditional Sanskrit meters.
The Reamker is the Cambodian version of the Ramayana. There is evidence of the importance of Rama's story in Cambodian culture that dates to the 6th century AD. The earliest references to the Rama story are found in temple iconography and epigraphy. During the medieval centuries several versions of literary texts entitled Ramaker were written. Today we see evidence of the Ramakerti in oral tales, visual, and performing arts, especially classical dance of the Cambodian court.
The bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat depict many episodes of the story of Rama. In fact, we can see in the iconography Indian ideas were adapted to the local culture when Agni, the Fire God, rides on a rhinoceros in Cambodia rather than a ram as in the Sanskrit Ramayana. This is probably due to its fiery temperament and that it is native to Cambodia.
Ramayana mask from Indonesia
Ramayana in Indonesia
The story of prince RAMA from the kingdom of AYODYA, the incarnation of God VISHNU, he is a wise man, faithful husband struggling to free his beautiful wife, SHINTA, who had been abducted by the ogre King RAHWANA or DASAMUKA.
Balinese Dance, Drama and Music by
Call Number: 790.209
The dances, dramas, puppetry and music of Bali are more than icons for the island; they are part and parcel of life;as expressions of devotion to the gods, as entertainment, and as a way of instilling cultural values on each generation.Balinese Dance, Drama & Music is a lavishly illustrated introduction to Bali's celebrated temple orchestra, the gamelan, to its ancient shadow puppet theater, and to a myriad of traditional and contemporary dances and dance-dramas that continue to enthrall locals and visitors alike.
The effigies of Ravan and his kinsmen first began to be burnt during the reign of Bahadur Shah Zafar (1837-1857), but the Ramleela had its own charm in the days of Mohammad Shah (1719-1748). Read full article HERE about the Ramleela celebration.
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The Ramayana by
Call Number: F SHA
The popular classic in which good vanquishes evil, now in a pocket-friendly version for children. The Ramayana is one of the best-known epics in the world - the tale of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, who exiles himself to the forest for fourteen years to honour his father's word.
Call Number: F PAT
Artist and veteran Pixar animator Sanjay Patel lends a lush, whimsical illustration style and light hearted voice to one of Hindu mythology's best-loved and most enduring tales. Teeming with powerful deities, love-struck monsters, flying monkey gods, magic weapons, demon armies, and divine love,Ramayana tells the story of Rama, a god-turned-prince, and his quest to rescue his wife Sita after she is kidnapped by a demon king.