The Magical Art of Cambodian Shadow Puppetry Has Entertained for Centuries

The ancient Cambodian tradition of shadow puppetry is performed with leather puppets lit from behind, often by burning coconut husks, and projected onto a white screen, which creates the shadows that the audience sees.

As a child, you may have crowded around a flashlight or a candle during a slumber party or while playing with your siblings at night, playfully casting silly shadows on the wall in the form of ghosts and turkeys as you drifted to sleep.

But some countries have taken this simple act of shadow play and turned into it into a rich entertainment form that can be traced back to ancient religious and cultural practices.

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