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Remembering mask dance maestro, Mbah Karimun

  • Two Malangan mask dancers perform at the opening of Gebyar Budaya Malangan mask ritual at Mbah Karimun grave, Pakisaji, Malang, East Java in December. Mbah Karimun is known as the maestro of Malangan dance. JP/ Aman Rochman

    Two Malangan mask dancers perform at the opening of Gebyar Budaya Malangan mask ritual at Mbah Karimun grave, Pakisaji, Malang, East Java in December. Mbah Karimun is known as the maestro of Malangan dance. JP/ Aman Rochman

  • Malangan dance artists visit and pray at the grave of maestro Mbah Karimun in a cultural ritual in Pakisaji, Malang, East Java in December last year. The ritual is held annually. JP/ Aman Rochman

    Malangan dance artists visit and pray at the grave of maestro Mbah Karimun in a cultural ritual in Pakisaji, Malang, East Java in December last year. The ritual is held annually. JP/ Aman Rochman

  • A dancer in Malangan mask costume prays in front of Mbah Karimun grave, Pakisaji, Malang, East Java late last month. JP/ Aman Rochman

    A dancer in Malangan mask costume prays in front of Mbah Karimun grave, Pakisaji, Malang, East Java late last month. JP/ Aman Rochman

  • Ritual participans carry Mbah Karimun’s Malangan masks in a white cloth and offerings during the cultural ritual, Gebyar Budaya Topeng Malangan or Malangan Mask Cultural Festival in Malang, East Java. JP/ Aman Rochman

    Ritual participans carry Mbah Karimun’s Malangan masks in a white cloth and offerings during the cultural ritual, Gebyar Budaya Topeng Malangan or Malangan Mask Cultural Festival in Malang, East Java. JP/ Aman Rochman

  • Suroso, one of Mbah Karimun’s descendants, leads the prayer during Malangan mask dance ritual at Mbah Karimun grave, Pakiasji, Malang, East Java on Dec. 28. JP/ Aman Rochman

    Suroso, one of Mbah Karimun’s descendants, leads the prayer during Malangan mask dance ritual at Mbah Karimun grave, Pakiasji, Malang, East Java on Dec. 28. JP/ Aman Rochman

  • A woman washes her face at Sumber Lanang spring during Malangan mask dance ritual in Malang, East Java. JP/ Aman Rochman

    A woman washes her face at Sumber Lanang spring during Malangan mask dance ritual in Malang, East Java. JP/ Aman Rochman

  • Three men bring three Malangan masks for Malangan mask ritual at Mbah Karimun grave, Pakiasji, Malang, East Java late last month. JP/ Aman Rochman

    Three men bring three Malangan masks for Malangan mask ritual at Mbah Karimun grave, Pakiasji, Malang, East Java late last month. JP/ Aman Rochman

  • A ritual participant prays to one of Punden [a sacred place] in the area of Mbah Karimun grave, Pakisaji, Malang, East Java, in December . JP/ Aman Rochman

    A ritual participant prays to one of Punden [a sacred place] in the area of Mbah Karimun grave, Pakisaji, Malang, East Java, in December . JP/ Aman Rochman

  • A dancer stands guard during the annual Malangan mask dance ritual in the area of Mbah Karimun grave, Pakisaji, Malang, East Java. JP/ Aman Rochman

    A dancer stands guard during the annual Malangan mask dance ritual in the area of Mbah Karimun grave, Pakisaji, Malang, East Java. JP/ Aman Rochman

  • A mother and her daughter carry their clothes to be washed at one of the two springs in the area of Mbah Karimun grave, Pakisaji, Malang, East Java. JP/ Aman Rochman

    A mother and her daughter carry their clothes to be washed at one of the two springs in the area of Mbah Karimun grave, Pakisaji, Malang, East Java. JP/ Aman Rochman

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