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  Inao

 

Thailand

A hun lakon lek puppet of Prince Inao (fig.), the protagonist of the legendary classical dance drama from Java, written around 840 AD in the Sailendra Dynasty, and introduced to Thailand around 1760 AD, near the end of the Ayutthaya period. It was later translated into Thai and rewritten as a verse drama by King Rama II.

 

The legend is set in the ancient city of Meuang Kulaypan and relates the romance between Prince Inao, a heroic warrior, and the stunningly beautiful Princess Butsaba of Krung Daha (fig.).

See also POSTAGE STAMPS (1) and (2).

 

  Inao