Stories, sagas and legendary tales of Thailand’s traditions are not only preserved through classical dance and performances. Albeit performed on a much smaller scale, the “Nang Yai” have endured up until today.
The spotlight is turned towards the audience where the white back drop is used to depict these story lines with mythological characters, cut out of buffalo skin, sway side to side, up and down and interact with other characters. A narration of Thailand’s vast collection of myths come alive, supported by music, chants and songs.
The finer art of shadow puppetry has its main base in Nakhon Si Thammarat but with a few temples in central Thailand still pursuing this moving art form, one can pick and chose their venue and admire its grace.