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Asian shadow theatres documented for millennium are diverse in geographical, religious, and cultural backgrounds. The [ wayang ] kulit purwa of Java (see [Indonesia]) uses intricately perforated and painted opaque figures which are performed by a single puppet master called a [ dalang ] (Javanese: dhalang ) accompanied by a gong chime orchestra (gamelan), presenting [ Mahabharata ] and [ Ramayana ] stories . Wayang kulit Banjar of Kalimantan, and wayang kulit betwai in West Java play the same repertoire. Balinese wayang parwa uses simpler yet similar figures for Mahabharata stories accompanied by four gender metallophones. The wayang sasak of the neighbouring island of Lombok tells tales of Prophet Mohammed’s uncle, Amir Hamzah. Comparable genres present varied stories from the Ramayana ( wayang Ramayana , in Bali), to tales of Panji the Prince of East Java and local chronicles ( wayang gedog , in Java).