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Ancient lecture 3

Ancient lecture 3 - Common elements of theatre and ritual...

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Common elements of theatre and ritual Masking (literal or metaphorical, e.g. makeup) Impersonation (possession?) Costumes (departure from “street clothes”) Humor/comic relief (within play or without) Dramatic (scripted) dialogue Narratives/storytelling (plot) Music and dance So is there a meaningful, categorical difference between theatre and ritual? Do both bring about natural/sociopolitical change?
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Passion Play in Ancient Africa The Mystery of Osiris at Abydos, Egypt (2500-2000 BCE forward) Concepts: myth, re-enactment
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Osiris Mystery Play, a.k.a.: Abydos Passion Play, part of Egyptian Passion Plays Osiris Miracle Play The Great Procession of Abydos Cult of Osiris Festival of Osiris (all terms are fine) Osiris=Egyptian god of the underworld, the dead, & agriculture
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Map: Egypt
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Cyclical time: Afterlife/underworld: dead live as akhs Middle Kingdom (2000-1539BCE)
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