Puppet and Opera

The Hungry Ghost Month is a good time to be in Georgetown as you can get  a glimpse of some Penang Chinese (who are Hokkienese) practices.  Last night, we watched a potehi (glove puppet) performance at the Lee Jetty.   A small stage had been set-up at the parking space by the entrance. 

The performance started a few minutes past 8. The small crowd was mostly people from the ICTM conference.  Admittedly, the novelty soon wore-off and I was quite bored as I couldn’t understand a single word.  The puppets also didn’t move much, staying rooted in their position.  

Behind the scenes was more interesting as we could see the elderly couple singing and manipulating the puppets.

It was waay past dinner time and my tummy was really grumbling. We ducked to a nearby noodle shop.  On the way back to the hotel, we came across a Chinese opera.

It was fun to watch even if we couldn’t understand a thing.  Unlike the potehi show, this one had more audience.

Nearby was a large shrine.

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