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Chinese Shadow Puppets – TWB S2 E3 Stories from the Hearth

By flickering candlelight, Chinese storytellers have been telling tales with exquisite, colourful shadow puppets for over two-thousand years. Surviving war, famine, regime changes and revolutions, this is one of the world's oldest and most intricate storytelling traditions. I look at the music, singing, and puppetry of the artform, the training its mastery requires, why it has a decentralized, anarchist structure, how it survived its tumultuous history, and what a future version of Chinese shadow puppetry might look like.Welcome to The Wandering Bard, a bonus historical series on Stories from the Hearth examining the history of storytelling. This month’s episode is the third in a season asking "Who are the storytellers?" Today we examine the shadow puppeteers of ancient and modern China.The next story episode from Stories from the Hearth is out on 26th September. Next month's Wandering Bard bonus episode will take a look at the Arabic rap-battles of Lebanon called Zajal.The aim of Stories from the Hearth is to rekindle its listeners' love for the ancient art of storytelling (and story-listening), and to bring some small escapism to the frantic energies of the modern world.Support the podcast from just £2 ($3) on Patreon, and get early access, exclusive content, bonus story-episodes, in-episode shout-outs, and the chance to become part of a wider community. Simply click here: https://www.patreon.com/storiesfromthehearthpodcastToday's sources: chineseshadowpuppetry.com, China Puppet and Shadow Art Society, UNESCO, travelchinaguide.com, Google Arts & CultureVideo links! – Traditional Chinese Shadow Puppet Show, Bazhong, ChinaBallerina – Chinese Shadow PuppetryClever Monkeys – Chinese Shadow PuppetryPuppet Master Liu Laoshi Shows Off His SkillsInstagram: @storiesfromthehearthTwitter: @Hearth_PodcastYouTube: Stories from the HearthEmail: storiesfromthehearthpodcast@gmail.comFire Daemon Character Artwork by Anna FerraraAnna's Instagram: @giallosardinaAnna's Portfolio: https://annaferrara.carbonmade.com/Thank you for listening. Please consider following, subscribing to, and sharing this bonus episode, and please do tell your friends all about Stories from the Hearth.
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Welcome to Stories from the Hearth, a short-story podcast to help you escape the chaotic energies of the everyday; a podcast in which every episode you will encounter a brand new, original story – be it romantic, historical, or science fiction, fantasy, or speculative horror; where you will encounter stories packed full of adventure, misfortune, peril and triumph, loveable villains, roguish heroes, and all those in-between.

The idea behind Stories from the Hearth is to create a communal safe-space for lovers of the art of storytelling, to provide respite in a stressful world, and to further the creative boundaries of my own writing, and the writing of others.

You can support the podcast and earn access to exclusive perks, including bonus episodes, behind-the-scenes content, shout-outs in upcoming episodes, the chance to make requests, or vote on upcoming stories, and even the ability to commission a unique short-story from me, by becoming a patron on Patreon: here.

You can learn more about the podcast by visiting its website and social medias: linktr.ee/storiesfromthehearth or by watching its MISSION STATEMENT here: Community, History, and Escapism.

Episode #3 is out Sunday 21st February 2021 (21.02.21). Episodes are released every third Sunday, with the aim of making this more regular in time, and with your support.

Much love, C xx

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