Abstract

The dalang, the central figure of wayang kulit performances, is revered in Balinese society both as a teacher and spiritual leader. Until recently, the dalang was always male, but now women in Bali are able to train as dalang. A performance of wayang lemah given by woman dalang Ni Wayan Suratni provides insight into the complex relationships between gender and tradition in Bali.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1531-4715
Print ISSN
1054-2043
Pages
pp. 50-66
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-04
Open Access
No
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