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Congruence of rituals and theatre.
Congruence of rituals and theatre.

The use of drama for religious ceremony

Author(s): Tudor Cosmin Ciocan
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Theology and Religion, Comparative Studies of Religion, Religion and science , Pastoral Theology, Eastern Orthodoxy
Published by: EDIS- Publishing Institution of the University of Zilina
Keywords: scenery;choreography;badge;healing;garments;social cohesion;settings;piety;

Summary/Abstract: I have started this research as a response to a pejorative question that religious rituals are merely theatrical, and the personnel involved nothing else but actors; beyond this there is nothing any religion suggests, e.g. healing, divine touch, blessings This paper is about rituals and their meanings and roles played as in social drama and theatre play. Considering the relationship between ritual and theatre to be reciprocal I will use their functions to evaluate the process of religious ceremonies and the role they play for adherents/participants, as if they would be attending a play. Religious Studies and Drama joint study offers the opportunity to combine two complementary humanities subjects, as both drama and religion are mainstays of cultural practice.

  • Issue Year: 2/2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 42 - 53
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English