Thursday, November 13, 2008
Street Photography # 6: Topeng Monyet - A Close Encounter with A Distant Brother
"Topeng monyet" (literally: monkey mask) is an Indonesian traditional folk street performance whose sole actor/actress is a monkey. The monkey - who has been tamed and especially trained by a "pawang" (animal master) - performs different kinds of tricks immitating human actions, such as dressing up, riding a bicycle, going shopping, etc.
A "topeng monyet" group typically consists of one or two monkeys, an animal master and trainer, and a couple of musicians.