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Chinese Opera – Chinese opera is one of the world's oldest dramatic art forms. Its roots go back at least as far as the third century AD, with more organized forms beginning to be introduced in the eighth century. Today, there are numerous regional branches of Chinese opera, and the very colorful performances are mostly held in formal opera houses. Among the highlights for foreigners in particular are the costumes and the face painting. More often than not, each character's facial painting is tied to their role in the opera, as well as their overall personality and their ultimate fate. In this picture of a Shufengyayun Opera performance, the fact that the women's faces are painted mostly white suggests that they are rather duplicitous individuals.

Chinese Opera

Chinese Opera – Chinese opera is one of the world's oldest dramatic art forms. Its roots go back at least as far as the third century AD, with more organized forms beginning to be introduced in the eighth century. Today, there are numerous regional branches of Chinese opera, and the very colorful performances are mostly held in formal opera houses. Among the highlights for foreigners in particular are the costumes and the face painting. More often than not, each character's facial painting is tied to their role in the opera, as well as their overall personality and their ultimate fate. In this picture of a Shufengyayun Opera performance, the fact that the women's faces are painted mostly white suggests that they are rather duplicitous individuals.

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