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Puppets and Puppetry

  Puppetry is among the oldest forms of theatre in the world.  Puppets performed for audiences long before people-actors did.  The first puppets were made for religious or magical purposes.  Animated religious statues have been found in the ruins of Greece and Rome.  The word "puppet" comes from the Latin word pupa, which means "small creature or doll."

  Ancient Egyptians had puppets because string-operated clay figurines have been discovered by archeologists in more than one Egyptian tomb.  

   Puppets come from all over the world and in many different styles.  There are delicate Indonesian shadow and rod puppets and beautiful Indian marionettes.  Europeans enjoy the tradition of glove puppets.  There is the complex puppetry of the Bunraku Theater of Japan and the spectacular fighting knights of the Sicilian marionettes.  

  There are many books available to help you create a variety of puppets.  There are books that give you essential tips on how to perfect your craft as a puppeteer and things to remember as you perform.   Puppetry is exciting and a fun thing to do! 

 

Answer the questions below

 

1. The word puppet comes from what Latin word meaning "small creature or doll?"
 

Bunraku

pupil

pupa

 

2. Puppetry is among the oldest forms of in the world.

 

3. The ancient Egyptians had puppets because string-operated clay figurines have been discovered by archeologists in more than one Egyptian .

 

4. Europeans enjoy the tradition of puppets.

 

5. The first puppets were made for
 

theatre shows.

religious or magical purposes.

the fighting knights.

 

6. Animated religious statues have been found in the ruins of and Rome.

 
7. The puppetry of the Bunraku Theater of Japan is very
 
simple.

complex.

 
8. The Indonesians are famous for
 

delicate shadow and rod puppets.

fighting knight puppets.

 

 

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