Nang Talung

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A Thai Nang Talung shadow puppet.

Nang Talung (Thai: หนังตะลุง, pronounced [nǎŋ tā.lūŋ]) is a shadow puppet and old culture shows from southern Thailand.[1] Similar arts are found in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia.[2][3][4] Nang literally means skin or hide, and in common usage refers to a dance-drama shadow puppet show. Nang Talung means "small shadow puppet" show, while Nang Yai means "large shadow puppet". The Nang Yai features life size puppets, while Nang Talung puppets are much smaller.[5]

View of a traditional 'Nang Talung' shadow puppetry stage in southern Thailand, as installed in the Institute for Southern Thai Studies, near Songkhla.
Animal puppets in a Nang Talung shadow tradition.

The people in southern Thailand make their puppets out of leather. It has a size between 15 and 50 centimeters. The performance consists of the puppet, the narrator, the actor, and the musician. The actor and the audience are split by a white screen when performing a show, that is distinct from other puppet shows.[6]

Nang Talung has been extremely popular for a long time. On the other hand, Nang Talung is slowly disappearing because it is complicated. Presently, there is a campaign to preserve the heritage of art of shadow play to remain forever.[7]

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  1. ^ Lian Lim, Siew (2013). "The Role of Shadow Puppetry in the Development of Phatthalung Province, Thailand" (PDF). Southeast Asia Club Conference, Northern Illinois University. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  2. ^ Nang Talung ICH, Thailand
  3. ^ Thai Shadow Puppet Show, Museum of Anthropology, University of Missouri (2015)
  4. ^ Siyuan Liu (2016). Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre. Routledge. pp. 194, 553, 561. ISBN 978-1-317-27886-3.
  5. ^ James R. Brandon (2009). Theatre in Southeast Asia. Harvard University Press. pp. 65–66. ISBN 978-0-674-02874-6.
  6. ^ Nang Talung, XIP, Finland
  7. ^ Thai Shadow Play