JAVANESE WAYANG KULIT SHADOW PUPPETS, YOGYAKARTA, CENTRAL JAVA, C. 1998, CARVED LEATHER. COLLECTION AND PHOTO: MARSHALL CLARK – TAASA Review June 2013

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According to a Jakarta Globe report, ropes were tied from a van to a statue of puppet character Gatotkaca to pull it from its foundation.

The crowd then turned its attention to a statue of another much-loved puppet character, Semar, and, after throwing rocks and pulling it to the ground, hit it with sticks and metal rods before setting it on fire.

A statue of the wayang’s Bima was also targeted and set on fire, before the mob moved on statues depicting the twin brothers of the Mahabharata, Nakula and Sadewa (Krisna 2011)...