The history of puppets is a fascinating dive down a rabbit hole of information and theory. According to the World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts, “the earliest reference to puppetry in India is in the Mahabharata, which reached written form around the 4th century BCE though oral stories themselves date to the 9th century BCE.” Other sources cite puppetry as far back as 4000 BCE, making puppets one of the oldest forms of performance technology.
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