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Syria’s last shadow puppeteer hopes to save his art

DAMASCUS: The last shadow puppeteer in Damascus lost most of his equipment to war and endured life as a refugee in Lebanon, but he now believes the old Syrian art form might survive after the United Nations said it needed to be saved. Traditional shadow theater was historically a staple of Damascus cafe life, as story tellers used dyed animal-skin puppets to entertain their audience with tall tales, satire, songs and verse. Last week the U.N.’s cultural agency UNESCO added Syrian shadow puppetry to its list of…