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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chinese Puppet Show: Battle Over The Eel

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, I took Izzy to a local Chinese Puppet theatre show. He and his friend T. were riveted throughout the show, staring, mouths agape, at the peculiar vignettes. S. and I pondered these oddly violent scenes, wondering what they had to do with the Chinese New Year.

The particular scene above was the tale of a husband and wife who could not agree upon how to capture and cook and eel. Much shrieking and stabbing ensued and ultimately they had nothing to eat as the eel escaped.

And the moral of the story? Don't fight over cooking eels or you will go to bed without any supper.

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