Shadows of Life - Nang Talung by Sven Broman
Thai Popular Shadow Theatre
Nang Talung, the Thai popular shadow theatre, originated in the southern part of the country, where it is still a very popular form of entertainment. It appeared first in the 17th century and represents a new form of Thai shadow theatre different from Nang yai, the classical shadow theatre from central Thailand. This difference is found in shape, size and composition of the shadow figures, as well as in cast, manner of manipulation, performance, music and stage. 147 shadow figures from two Thai and two Swedish collections illustrate the different characters met with in a Nang talung performance.
146 colour plates