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Taboos aplenty in Chinese opera


Spirited: Chinese opera performer Lim Choo Leong and his wife, Jenny Hee Yit Ooi, in a scene from the opera, Emperor Li's Tryst With Empress Xiao Zhou.

Spirited: Chinese opera performer Lim Choo Leong and his wife, Jenny Hee Yit Ooi, in a scene from the opera, Emperor Li's Tryst With Empress Xiao Zhou.

Chinese opera performers observe a gamut of rituals and superstitions to ensure a smooth show night after night.

Chinese opera performers are governed by taboos and superstitions. Rituals are a necessity to pay respect to patron opera deity Wah Kong Seen See (in Cantonese) and also beings from the nether world. Many performers observe these rituals for protection and a smooth performance.

   

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