Khmer Shadow Theater

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Khmer Shadow Theater is divided into two forms: Sbeik Thom and Sbeik Toot. While Sbeik Thom uses big puppets that are actually depicting a character in the story, Sbeik Toot uses small articulate puppets.

The black leather puppets are held either in front of a light source or behind a screen to create a shadow or silhouette effect. As compared to Sbeik Toot, Sbeik Thom is more unique and more formal. Sbeik Thom required a pin peat orchestra and narration, so the puppeteers are silent while moving the panels with dance-like movements. Sbeik Toot often presents stories of heroes, adventures, loves and battles, optional orchestra, the puppeteers often do the narration.

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