Wayang Kulit: Surviving Beyond the Shadows

By Izzuddin Ramli

July 2021 FEATURE
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Tok Dalang and Wayang Musicians. Photo: PUSAKA (Cheryl Hoffmann)
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THERE WERE AROUND 40 people that night. Some of them had arrived from the nearby kampung and the town, and had settled comfortably on the mengkuang mats scattered on the small plot of rubber estate land in Kampung Joh, Kelantan. My father and I stood in the dark, among those who had come slightly later, after the Isyak prayer.As soon as the siak (caretaker) switched off the light and shut the gate of the nearby surau, the shrill sound of...

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Izzuddin Ramli

is a Kelantanese-born analyst at Penang Institute. He is a writer who seeks refuge in Penang, and agrees with Rumi that the Earth is not our home, we are just passing through.