Abstract

One of the least-known forms of Southeast Asian shadow puppet theatre, the nang talung of southern Thailand, is part of a long tradition of rural ritual performance. But it now incorporates newly invented stories with contemporary music and technique-creating a vibrant, popular appeal among its regional audience, particularly in urban centers and on television. In this article the author offers a brief introduction to the form and explains how changes in contemporary performance are affected by prevailing restraints.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2109
Print ISSN
0742-5457
Pages
pp. 184-211
Launched on MUSE
2002-03-01
Open Access
No
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