The Sbek Thom is a Khmer shadow theatre featuring twometre high, non-articulated puppets made of leather openwork. Dating from before the Angkorian period, the Sbek Thom, along with the Royal Ballet and mask theatre, is considered sacred. Dedicated to the divinities, performances could only take place on specific occasions three or four times a year, such as the Khmer New Year, the King's birthday or the veneration of famous people. After the fall of Angkor in the fifteenth century, the shadow theatre evolved beyond a ritualistic activity to become an artistic form while retaining its ceremonial dimension
Series: 2008 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Credits: HH Prince Sisowath Panara Sirivuth Ministry of Culture and fine Arts of Cambodia, director. Ministry of Culture and fine Arts of Cambodia, producer.
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