The Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum

  • 13 January, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Curious John

Around the world people have long been making puppets. They can represent real figures or simply suggest them by casting shadows on a surface. And they can come alive in many ways too- with the help strings, sticks, or hands placed inside. Amid this global variety, Taiwan’s own puppetry traditions are able to hold their own. And if you visit the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum in Taipei, you’ll be able to understand why. The museum is a celebration of the world of puppetry, with a collection of puppets and paraphernalia brought together from several continents. Among the big sources of artifacts, though, is Taiwan itself, where the puppet theater has kept generations of people entertained. Here to guide us through the collection today is the museum’s Ms. Huang.