― THE ANCIENT JAVANESE OF THE NUSANTARA ∙ Javanese origin art forms are among the best known and most cultured in Indonesia and the whole archipelago. The famous Javanese Wayang Puppetry culture was largely influenced by Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The Wayang repertoire stories, lakon, are mostly based on epics from India; for example, “Ramayana” and “Mahabharata”. ∙ These epics and stories influenced wayang puppetry as well as Javanese classical dances. The influences from [...].