Galungan Festival, Bali

Hinduism Case Study: Indonesia

Created by Elizabeth Bailey, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

The goal of this lesson is for students to understand how Hinduism influenced areas outside of India, and how elements of Hindu mythology and literature are present within a culture outside of India. Indonesia is the chosen focus country, and students will learn more about Hindu influence upon Indonesian culture, as well as complete a project that helps them learn about the Hindu pantheon and Hindu mythology. World History Grade 9 / Unit: World Religions.

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Artisans Across Archipelago

Wayang Kulit Puppetry

These digital culture kit materials were developed by Gordon Hensley. Wayang is the Indonesian word for puppet, and in Indonesia is used to describe theater both with and without puppets but is most often used as shorthand for wayang kulit (Javanese shadow puppet theater). This digital culture kit includes research on Wayang Kulit Puppetry, a template of shadow puppet characters, a collection of images of wayang kulit puppetry of Indonesia, a script of the Ramayana in both Indonesian and English, and a wayang kulit demonstration slideshow.