What is Nang Talung?
เช่นเดียวกับหนังใหญ่ แต่ความประณีตและความซับ ซ้อนของหนังตะลุงมีน้อยกว่า และขนาดของตัวหนัง
ก็เล็กกวา่หนังใหญ่มาก ที่สำคัญคือมีลักษณะเป็นพื้น บ้าน การใช้คำพากย์
เจรจาก็เรียบง่ายแบบชาวบ้าน สะดวกแก่การทำความเข้าใจโดยทั่วไป การ
B.E. 2535 [1992 A.D.] p.61.
Nang Talung - Reading One
Nang Talung (Southern Thai Shadow Puppet Theater) is a form of entertainment that uses the shadow as its principle device, the same as Nang Yai (literally, big puppets). But the elaborateness and intricacy of Nang Talung is less, and the puppets are smaller in size than Nang Yai. What is important is that the telling of the story is local and follows the local patterns of simple speech that the villagers use. This is because the puppeteer recites extemporaneous Thai verse in the local dialect. There is a lively spoken exchange between characters that pleases the audience. One of the charms of Nang Talung is the group of clown characters who are well known, for example, Ai Khainui and Ai Si Kaeo. It is believed that these clowns are real living beings and that they have special personalities that are amusing. The puppeteer presents the lives of the puppets and puts them into the drama that is played out in a world which moves across the screen. He creates entertainment for people to watch. Nang Talung originated in the southern part of the country. Some people call it Nang Khuan because it originated in the village of Khuan Maphraw in Patlung province. But Nang Talung spread to other areas of the country, for example, in the North to Uthaithani province and in the East to Rayong province. The Northeast has this type of entertainment, but it is called Nang Phramod. We can concluded that Nang Talung is truly the entertainment of villagers in every area.
Translated from the Thai text in the column on the left.
Nang Talung - Reading Two
Nang Talung (Southern Thai Shadow Puppet Theater) is a local form of entertainment of the Southern Thais. It is assumed that it originated in Patlung province where it was created and modified by the local inhabitants. It most likely got the name of Nang Talung from its place of origin. It was called "Nang Patalung" by the central Thais. The Southerners simply call it Nang Talung. Nang Talung consists of: figures made from animal skin (cow or buffalo) that is traced over and then perforated into the shape of a human, an ogre, a god, or a hermit, in order to have them be the actors performing roles in a play. An outdoor stage is constructed with a raised floor about two meters (above the surface of the ground) with a roof and three walls. The front wall is a piece of white cloth that forms a screen. The puppeteer uses it as a surface on which to project the voices and movements of the puppets. He chants in glawn (Thai verse) in the local dialect. There are instruments such as the glawng, mong, ching, tap, and pi that combine in playing the music. Most of the stories used in the performance of Nang Talung are local folk tales. Nang Talung, aside from providing entertainment and fun, relates news. There is also social commentary inserted into the story line that is shown in order to give knowledge of current events in the nation.
- Translated from the Thai text in the column on the left.