Wayang Golek, beautiful Indonesian puppets.

2701539740_4aa3feec97Since I’d rather not give away some interesting plot points that will appear in later books of the Clockwork Twist series, I’m not going to explain why I used Indonesian culture as inspiration for the design of a character that first appears in Nepal.  I just did.  I promise it’ll all become clear in the 12th book.

While puppetry appears as an art form in many cultures, I have to say that the wayang galek (Indonesian style wooden doll puppets) are my favorite style.

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Just look at these beautiful examples!  These gorgeous puppets have such grace and whimsy to them, that I honestly got the idea for a dancing clockwork puppet directly from them.  Naturally, the idea changed a great deal as I got into the story, and I’ve never found a wayang galek made of clockwork.

There are many kinds of “wayang” puppets.  There is a silhouette style made of metal, called wayang kulit, which have a much more Hinduistic look to them, leading some to believe that this art form came to Indonesia from India or China.

wayang_golek_p61All I know for sure is that I these puppets are truly captivating.  I imagine Myra would have loved to watch them as a child.

If you’d like to learn more, try these links.

Major Wayang Galek Charater Types

Walter O. Koenig’s “brief intro” and gallery

http://www.wayanggolek.nl/

And of course, the Wiki page

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