1) MALANG DANCE MASK
EAST JAVA INDONESIA
Malang mask dance is an inherited traditional theatrical art performance; the dancers representing some characters wear masks. The characters in Malang theatrical mask dance are 64 and they play the roles of 64 figures in Panji tales. Decoratively, Malang masks are unique.
They are different from any other mask art found in Java. There are five typical colors used to decorate the masks. The red color symbolizes courage, the black color symbolizes determined ambitions, the yellow color symbolizes wisdom, the white color indicates purified character and the green color indicates peace.
Malang theatrical mask dance is often performed in fragments the story of which are taken from Panji tales which are common traditional folklores that are also found in many parts of Indonesia such as Lombok, Bali, Sumatera and Java islands, and also in Thailand.
Pandji Asmorobangun, and the typical, philosophical themes of the tales are that the bad are always de feated by the truth, even though there are a lot of sacrifices and miseries during the struggling process.