Ong, Mia Farao Karsono and Wijaya, Yusi Anggraeni (2012) THE JAVANESE POTEHI PUPPETEER IN SURABAYA. Journal of Basic and Applied Scientific Research, 2 (2). pp. 1464-1470. ISSN 2090-4304
The existence of Javanese who works as a potehi puppeteer at the Kampung Dukuh Surabaya temple, this paper explores there a sons of the puppeteer in playing the Potehi puppet and the Javanese puppeteers’ view point to the cultural traditions which originates from China. In order to explore the data, then it is used the participant observation and semi-structured interviews to two Potehi puppeteers of Javanese at Kampung Dukuh Surabaya temple. The findings indicate that the reason they work as puppeteers much influenced by the proximity factor of their homes with the Kampung DukuhTemple and it is performed every day even though there is no audience. This is due to Potehi puppet shows which are not only demonstrate for humans as well as for Kongco-god in the temple. The process of learning to be a Potehi puppeteer takes one to three years, and the key to be a skillful puppeteer is by hearing a lot, seeing Potehi puppet shows, and practicing a lot. They feel proud as aJavanase who can play Potehi puppet, since not everyone can play the Potehi Puppet. On the other hand, there is a little problem to be a puppeteer, since it only has low income.
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