Nang Talung : Shadow Puppets
is a local folk entertainment, popular in the southern Thailand.
The figures of various Characters are made from cow's or buffalo's
hide. These puppets are performed on the silouette screen
with dialogues and chant poetry n different narrated stories.
Each puppet is performed differently such as the main actress
is graceful and serene ; the main actor is playful and rather
dandy : the king is typically powerful ; and the queen looks
noble and nice.
The clowns play very important roles in shadow puppets. They
will highlight the main characters, present morals, reflect
recent events, and remind people to do a good deed. The clowns
also include jokes or make funny comments to get the play
more amusing. People will stay up all night to watch the performance.
The performers will need to write good scripts that imitate
the behaviors and habits of people in that area.
famous Clowns in Nang - Talung
Theng is usually called Ai-Theng by local people. He is from
kookood' Stingpra, Patalung Province.
Appearance : He is tall and skinny with a wide a mouth and
white eyes, dark skin and usually dressed in a chessboard
Behavior : He likes to mock and imitate people. He speaks
slowly but not clearly.
Noo-nouy is from the market in Amphoe Muang, Songkhla province.
Appearance : Short, musclar, with big hip, big belly, dark
skin. He holds a pair of scissors in his hand and usually
wears an old fashion style sarong.
Behavior : He is easy going, easily trusts other people, always
clings to his friends and does not have his own character.
His accent is not clear.
See Kaew is from Chuang-sae, Amphoe Ranode, Songkhla province.
Appearance : He is short and fat, bald, with big belly , dark
skin, and big nose. He likes to dress in Jong-Kraben (Thai
style pants ), with a Thai style utilities towel over his
shoulder, and does not wear a top.
Behavior : He is brave and always acts as what he said. He
is also sincere and bright, with high moral, and very religious.
Yod-Thong is from Choomthong Mountain, Ronpiboon, Nakhon Si
Appearance : He is fat with big belly and big hip, curved
nose, curly hair, dark skin. He likes to dress in Jong-Kraben
and hokds a Krish ( a Thai style knife) in his hand.
Kwan-Muang is Buddhist.
Appearance : He is skinny, rather short and fat with big belly,
big hip, big forehead, pointed long nose, wide mouth, and
Behavior : He is easily panic, likes to make people feel sorry
for him, rather worried, and Looks aristocratic.
Samore is from Sakorm , Amphoe Jana , Songkhla Province
Appearance : He is tall and skinny , with hunchback , high
bone cheeks , He likes to wear a sarong , and an Islamic hat.
Behavior : He is conservative and aggressive. He likes to
tease his friends, criticize girls , and has a Thai - Islamic
Poon is widely called Ai- Poon
Appearance : He is fat with a big belly , big hip , big long
nose , wide mouth , swollen eyes, dark skin and likes to dress
Behavior : He is aggressive , snobby, and likes to be flattered.
Song is a Chinese - Thai from Nahon Si Thammarat province.
Appearance : He is tall and skinny , with his long hair in
ponytail style, He wears pants and Chinese style long - sleeves,
and holds an axe in his hand.
Behavior : He likes to drink , however , his habit is nice.
He is callde Ai-Mean by local people.
Appearance : He is tall and skinny, but with big belly , big
hip , big nose , and wide mouth. He usually wears a pointed
Behavior : He likes to dance Norah ( a typical southern local
Keaw is called Ai-Keaw by local people. He is from Am phoe
Thung-Yai, Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Appearance : He is short and shubby , not fat but with a big
belly , dark skin , bald , flat nose , inward mouth small
ears. He likes to dress in sarong with a Thai utilities towel
around his belly.
Behavior : He likes to show off his knowledge (but he doesn't
have it ) , with non- sense talking. He likes to detract one's