Early Evening Shadow Puppet Show at a Pagoda

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: Evening

tour highlights

Experience one of the oldest methods of storytelling in Cambodia
  • See works of traditional art
  • Witness a ceremony to various divinities
  • View characters from art, history and legend
  • Observe the fusion of beliefs inherent to Cambodian culture

tour details

The Shadow Puppet Show is one of the most traditional formats for storytelling and the Cambodian form utilizes puppets made of leather, called Sbaek. The puppets are large, intricately carved cow-hide panels depicting characters from history, literature and legend and are a true work of art. The show is a combination of ancient tradition, skill and talent and performs a particularly important role in the cultural and religious identity of the Cambodian people. At the start, you’ll observe a ceremony dedicated to the divinities represented through the puppets, including Buddha, various Hindu gods and ancestral spirits. The shadow puppet show provides a glimpse into the fascinating cross-pollination of different belief systems in the Cambodian culture.

tour description

Private Shadow Puppet Show at Wat Inkosei. The Shadow Puppet Show is one of the most traditional formats for storytelling. As with other kinds of Shadow Theater (Indonesia, China, India, Greece, Turkey etc.) the performance involves the projection of light or fire on a white screen, on which performers use puppets to produce shadows. The Cambodian art of Shadow Theater utilizes puppets made of leather, called Sbaek in Khmer language. The leather puppets are pieces of art in themselves. The design of the panel, made out of an entire cow's tanned skin, refers to an ancient tradition, and requires drawing skills, chiseling ability, and the capacity to balance light and shadow within the panel, in order to let the figures emerge from the panel. Each style is fashioned by craftsmen according to traditional methods. Made from specially treated cowhide, the leathers used for shadow puppetry have been treated, naturally dyed, designed and hand carved. The panels include more than 20 puppets with totally a different way whether playing in a small theatre or a large theatre. The Puppet play performs a particularly important role in the cultural and religious identity of the Cambodian people. It is performed as both homage to the gods that the play represents and as a vehicle for communication with them. The performance acts to elevate both the performers and the spectators to a higher level. Performances begin with a ceremony dedicated to one or all of the principle divinities, which include Buddha, Hindu gods, and protective and ancestral spirits. This is a prime example of the fascinating cross-pollination of different belief systems in the culture of Cambodia.

includes

Private transportation
All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
English-speaking locally-stationed guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements)
Bottled water and cold towels

    excludes

    Surcharges for other language guides
    Personal travel insurance
    Personal expenditures such as drinks, souvenirs, gratuities etc.
    Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
      Tour code: REPDSPUP

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