Budaixi-Glove Puppets - 布袋戲

In Taiwan, glove puppetry has been a main form of entertainment for centuries. The puppets combine popular characters and age-old folk-art. They dance on the gloved fingers of artisans, retelling traditional stories through expression, dance and music. The traditional puppets are divided into three categories: sheng (male character), dang (female character) and jing (painted face). The sac-bodies, carved and painted wooden heads and elaborate attires make them true works of art. Hand-puppet operas have evolved into film production, with an annual value of over NT$40mln. The movies are exported to Japan and the US, fact which contributes to the puppets' popularity.

#China #Art