Topeng is a tremendously popular form in Bali, as it relates local
lore and historical tales concerning the royal lineages in scenes of
Topeng is also very entertaining, as the use of humor
and clowns in extensive. "Topeng" means mask and the mask
dance relates the tales of Balinese and Javanese ancestors returning
temporarily to inhabit the mask.
All actors in Topeng dramas are masked. Nowadays, the main stories,
with their princes and clowns, are preceded by a set of solo mask dances
for men - the "topeng keras", or dance of the strong warrior",
the "topeng tua" - a fantastic dance showing the advance of
old age in the king's old counsellor, and the "topeng dalem"
showing the king in all his glory with enough clowns to fill a circus.
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