Rama is another mask in the collection that is based in the traditional designs of the Balinese Topeng. Rama is the majestic hero of the epic stories. He is described as being like the moon and a bringer of light. He is a reincarnation of the God Wisnu. He is devoted to Truth and guides his people on a path of spiritual righteousness.
This mask was created for a course taught at Ball State University on devising theatre with masks from world culture. The assignment was to learn about the cultures and conventions from which the masks came, learn about the masks and then create new stories that spoke to a contemporary audience.
More story that can guide audiences out of the mire of today’s daily world struggles are deeply needed. Perhaps the story of this mask is one that can help us find a better way.