|Part (2) The Puppetry of Myanmar a dying art
A typical traditional puppet show begins with three beats on the gong
and cymbal and starts with a Ritual Dance, performed by a medium, who
pays respect to the guardian spirits (The Nats or good spirits) of the
area by offering coconut and bananas.
Hinalayan Range is the habit of many animals and demons, finally "the
Zaw-Gyi (or) the Alchemist." The first to appear is the horse. According
to the Buddhist concept of the Universe, the first constellation to appear
on the sky is the galaxy of stars shaped liked a horse's head.
According to popular belief Zaw-Gyi is a demigod clad in red, full of
vigour, who lives in the forest. He always carries a magic stick. He has
a friendly face, which also expresses his philosophical mind. As he is
an Alchemist, he grinds medical plants with his magic stick on a stone
slab. When he achieves success, he dances about and does a lot of acrobatics
and he even sits on his magic stick. He is puppet character who is capable
of flying through the air and boring through the earth.
Page Boy's Dance
This character was the symbol of "The visit Myanmar Year 1996".
Pageboys served as general errand boys in the palace and were most useful
in carrying message. One of their duties was to run ahead of royal processions,
to make sure all was in Oder and to point out the seating plan of the
Leading directly from the Pageboy, two popular rural villagers, and old
bachelor and an old spinster perform a humorous romance dance.
6. The Competitive Dance (Human being and Puppet)
"Anything you can do I can do better." "Yoke Thay",
once a highly esteemed royal past time, is a show not merely of stringed
wooden dolls but of like human substitutes. They could make human dancers
so environs of their superceding artistry that there has emerged a form
of marionette dance imitatively created by human beings themselves.
7.The Prince and Princess
Love duet is the most beautiful and sentimental performance. This is the
climax of the puppet show. The best puppetrees are always selected to
perform this magnificent and artistic dance.
The Prince, back from this studies, bring his love one to the palace to
present her to his parents. Two clowns, who make jokes, accompany them
to entertain when they are tired.
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|Part (3) The Buddha Stories (Jataka Tales) & Ramayana Story
have been performing the different Buddha Stories regarding the request
of the audience or a giving situation. We have recently developed the
RAMARANA Buddha Story.
Before Buddha was born as Prince Siddhatha', he had many reincarnations.
The Jataka tales are the stories about the early lives of Budda.
" story is one of the favourite Jataka tales no.545. It is a story
about one of the last reincarnations of Buddha, When he was a wise sage
The queen of Naga (dragon) wanted to hear Widura 's sermon. She pretended
to be ill, and told her husband that she needed the heart of the famous
sage, Widura-Pannita. The king was shocked, but he agreed. So his daughter,
the princess was sent out to attract a husband who can help her parents
by singing a lovely song.
An ogre, named Ponnaka saw the princess and asked the king for her. But
the king required the heart of Widura-Pannita first. So Ponnaka visited
the court where the wise man, Widura-Pannita was, and used his magical
powers to win Widura-Pannita from his masterin a game of dice. Then Ponnaka
claimed to kill Widura-Pannita. Widura-Pannita asked Ponnaka what he wants.
Widura-Pannita was not afraid of dying. However, he explained that the
Queen of Nagas wanted his teaching and wisdom, not his physical heart.
The orge, Ponnaka' was converted by his teachings and in fact the Queen
had wanted just to hear and have her family hear the wise teaching of
This is the very
noted Sadan King Elephant called Sadan Sin Min story written by Salay
U PonNya. The versatile author of Yadanabon age. This is one of the stories
of pre-Buddha, from 550 Jataka Tales. In this story, the Pre-existence
of Buddha is the King Elephant, Sadan Sin Min. He had 2 spouses, Maha
Thu Ba Dar and Sue La Thu Ba Dar.
Usually, they used to live close to the Sadan lake, where there has a
giant sal tree, which was blooming with a lot of sal flowers. One day,
while they were taking shelter under the shade of that sal tree, King
Sadan let the sal flowers fall down with his trunk for the sake of his
beloved spouses. The fragrant sal flowers fell down on Maha Thu Ba Dar,
but unfortunately, the sal flowers with red ants fell down upon Sue La
Thu Ba Dar. She laid a curse and, she said her prayer to the Buddha to
take revenge on her husband in her next existence.
Her wish was fulfilled according to her prayers and she became a queen
in her next existence, and sent the most cruel hunter Taw Note Tara, to
go to the sal forest to cut a pair of tusks of King Sadan. The king Sadan
came to know the case because of the explaination of the hunter and he
himself cut his pair of tusks and gave it to the hunter for his wife,
Sue La Thu Ba Dar.
King Demon Ravan or Dasagiri and his sister Gambi agrees to make revenge
to Rama who had killed her two sons in a fight. They would make a trick
to deceive Rama.
So the two transform themselves into a hermit and a deer.
Emeral Prince Rama, Golden Prince Lakhana and Sita enjoy themselves in
the forest. The deer Gambi approaches Sita. Sita wants to have it and
asks Rama to catch her. Sensing a clever trick, Rama confides his brother
Lakhana to protect Sita in his absence. Then he chases after the deer.
When Rama killed the deer, Gambee cries in a great pain in the voice of
Rama. She dances happily in satisfaction for her conquer. Hearing that
voice Sita is alarmed and demands Lakhana is gone, the hermit approaches
Sita. Grasping Sita's hand offering a fruit, the hermit abducts Sita to
Lanka, the Island of demons.
Monkey king, Sukrit sees Ravan or Dasagiri taking Sita away. He
jumps up and holds on the chariot. He demands her release, but in vain.
But Sita was successful in giving her scarf to Rama, as a message of her
Rama and his brother are found much exhausted after a fruitless search
going under a tree, Rama, slept on his brother's lap.
From above, the Monkey King sees the two brothers loving each other. He
weeps bitterly, a drop of tear fells on Rama, who gets up and threatens
the Monkey King.
The Monkey King explains about a fight with his brother, who drives him
here. He is very sad at the sight of Rama and Lakhana loving each other.
He also narrates his encounter with Sita and offers her scarf .
that, Sukrit explains about powerful Monkey Warrior Hanuman who
is now in small shape due to the curses of someone. And so,
Warrior Hanuman is
brought into the presense of Holy king Rama, who kindly rubs over
Monkey Warrior Hanuman bring back his original structure and might. A
Warrior Hanuman brings them to the empire of Ravan or Dasagiri across
Warrior Hanuman sets fire at his tail and burnts the island of lanka (Srilanka)
Warrior Hanuman can successfully bring Sita back and there is a delightful
encounter of Rama, Lakhana, Sita, Monkey King Sukrit and powerful Monkey