Analysis of the Impact of Shadow Puppet Performances on the Economics-Culture in Indonesia

Warsina, Djoko Suhardjanto, Rahmawati, Agung Nur Probohudono


The Indonesians still believe in the values of agrarians, many of which are in their efforts to overcome unexpected dangers in a traditional way, namely by holding shadow puppet shows. Wayang (shadow puppet) is a traditional entertainment that can make people think critically, but it can also improve the local economic progress. This improvement can be seen in the increasing number of visitors each year, the turnover of money on the day of the event, and the turnover of home-industry, gift centers, homestays, and restaurants managed by the surrounding community. This research uses a case study approach with a phenomenological perspective, namely the phenomenon of the impact of wayang performances on the economic, social, and cultural development in a social group in a limited or one-time situation. The research results reveal the economic, social, and cultural impacts of the shadow puppet shows by Ki Dalang Ki Warseno Slenk, namely: first, shadow puppet performances both in traditional and modern environments have an economic impact on traders, parking attendants, tent rental and other factors. Second, the impact on the traders' economy is not always measured by profit. They can sell faster because of the wayang performances and free time that cannot be cashed but is very beneficial for small traders. This research examines the impact of shadow puppet performances on economic, social, and cultural development in a lower-class rural community.


Keywords: puppet, economy, culture, Indonesia


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