High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles Cantastoria (also
spelled cantastorie, canta storia or canta historia) comes from
Italian for "sung story" or "singing history" and is known by many
other names around the world. It is a theatrical form where a
performer tells or sings a story while gesturing to a series of
images. These images can be painted, printed or drawn on any sort
of material. In 6th century India religious tales called Saubhikas
were performed by traveling storytellers who carried banners
painted with images of gods from house to house. Another form
called Yamapapaka featured vertical cloth scrolls accompanied by
sung stories of the afterlife. In Tibet this was known as ma-ni-pa
and in China this was known as pien or transformation story. In
Indonesia the scroll was made horizontal and became the wayang
beber and employed four performers: A man who sings the story, two
men who operate the rolling of the scroll, and a woman who holds a
lamp to illuminate particular pictures featured in the story.
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