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This edition: A New Spring for Taiwan's Ke'tse Opera (2003)

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Ke-tse Opera is Taiwan's only totally indigenous opera. On the nativity of various deities or during religious festivals, temples will often hire a troupe of ke-tse opera performers to put on a show. It is believed that through opera such as "Eight Drunken Immortals" and "The Heavenly Official Gives a Blessing" in which deities are portrayed, people are able to express their gratitude to the gods and ask for continued good fortune, In this way, ke-tse opera became a channel of communication between the human and the spirit worlds. Ke-tse opera does not only have a religious function. Through the last century, it has portrayed many aspects of life, and incorporates crude humor with the sorrow of the Weeping Melody and the traditional and contemporary styles of clowning of the hu-pei-tse opera, bringing laughter and tears to generation after generation of audiences. Ultimately it is not just a kind of opera, but an expression of the vitality of Taiwanese

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