The lack of the word “Yoke-Thay” (marionette) does not deny its credibility. As the time changes, terms tends to change. The use of the term “Yoke-Thay” (marionette) was specifically found inscribed on a stone slab in the year 1185 M.E. (1823 A.D.)
History of Theatrical Performances of Myanmar Marionettes
In Beikthano and Bagan,we cannot see any definite evidences but only supportive evidence, we could hope Puppet should have existed. However the developments were not abrupt, as it needed a priming time allowing for a later progress. So we can assume that Puppets have a priming period in Beikthano and Bagan.
Myanmar Puppets Figures
Basing from Buddhist Philosophy Abhidhamma, it was said that there were 28 different puppet characters. It did not match with general classification, as the latter may not be 28 and even more. New characters were added to the list as necessary.
Stage Constructions and Performance Program of Myanmar Marionettes Theater in the Past
To win popularity of a troupe, not only those artists on the stage but also those on the ground (musicians) were all-important and must co-operate together. The vocalist and puppeteers behind the back drop were helped by the music to make a success.
Basic Manipulation of Burmese Puppet
The strings are gathered in left hand and the right one twisted the control strings and coiled around the control (undo when you want to perform). The face is specially covered and tied.