From Wikipedia: Water puppetry  is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century,when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today’s Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition. When the rice fields would flood, the villagers would entertain each other using this form of puppet play.

The puppets are made of laquered wood, and are small art forms in themselves. Many of the puppet plays feature both a traditional story and a dragon dance.

Quick clips of the different puppets in a water puppetry theater in Hanoi:

Dragon dance in an outdoor pavilion:

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