Performing Religion

Performing Religion

The Interrelatedness of Music, Religion and Ritual in African Performance Practice. Mellen Press. Barber, K. 1987. “Popular Arts in Africa.” African Studies Review 30(3):1-78. Barrett, D. B.. 1971. “Introduction: Pioneers and Hymnodists ...

Author: Gregory F. Barz

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004334328

Category: Religion

Page: 244

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Categories: Religion

Performing Religion in Public

Performing Religion in Public

61. Lance Gharavi, 'Introduction' to Religion, Theatre, and Performance: Acts of Faith (London: Routledge, 2012). 62. Lukas Kaelin, 'Habermas, the Jesuits and Religion: Notes on a Discussion about the Role of Religion in Society', ...

Author: J. Edelman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137338631

Category: History

Page: 290

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Religious life and public life are both passionately performed, but often understood to exclude one another. This book's array of voices investigates the publics hailed by religious performances and the challenges they offer to theories of the democratic public sphere.
Categories: History

Performing Religion Actors contexts and texts

Performing Religion  Actors  contexts  and texts

... in Religious Studies towards aesthetics and material culture.13 This field of studying religion emphasizes the role of the body and of objects; interest lies less in the study of abstract thought than of practice, of the 'doing ...

Author: Ines Weinrich

Publisher: Ergon Verlag

ISBN: 9783956503306

Category: Religion

Page: 260

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"Performing Religion" investigates the relationship between texts, actors, and contexts in the study of Islam. Research in Islamic Studies to date has taken texts primarily as a medium of information. This volume emphasizes the material quality of texts, both written and oral. It focuses on the sound and rhythm of their performance, on nonverbal elements, and practices of framing and embedding. "Performing Religion" also looks at the interpretation of religious practices not based on lengthy textual foundations but which nevertheless constitute an important part of believers' lives. The assembled case studies encompass contemporary as well as historic perspectives and include examples from Andalusia, Egypt, Italy, Greater Syria, Turkey, Central Asia, Yemen, Iran, and India. Part I explores objects, actions, and notions in the context of the acquisition of blessing ("baraka"). Part II asks how believers use, alter, and publically enact texts in ritual settings and what kinds of performance are inscribed into the text. Part III analyses the negotiation of meanings, aesthetics, and identity which occurs in new and often transcultural contexts. Rather than viewing texts as a repository of ideas, the present volume accentuates their ritual functions and the aesthetic experiences they provide.
Categories: Religion

The Performance of Religion

The Performance of Religion

Presenting the possible actions one might take in life, theatre can be an aid to discerning how to perform one's sacred reality. Thus, performing religion is not a matter of enacting a sacred ritual alone, but living out the ethical ...

Author: Cia Sautter

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351999571

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 190

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The performing arts are uniquely capable of translating a vision of an ideal or sacred reality into lived practice, allowing an audience to confront deeply held values and beliefs as they observe a performance. However, there is often a reluctance to approach distinctly religious topics from a performance studies perspective. This book addresses this issue by exploring how religious values are acted out and reflected on in classic Western theatre, with a particular emphasis on the plays put on during the Globe Theatre‘s yearlong season of 'Shakespeare and the Bible'. Looking at plays such as Much Ado About Nothing, Dr. Faustus and Macbeth, each chapter includes ethnographic overviews of the performance of these plays as well as historical and theological perspectives on the issues they address. The author also utilizes scholarship from other academics, such as Paul Tillich and Martin Buber, in examining the relationship between art and culture. This helps readers of this book to look at religion in culture, and raise questions and explore ideas about how people appraise their religious values through an encounter with a performance. The Performance of Religion: Seeing the sacred in the theatre treads new ground in bringing performance and religious studies scholarship into direct conversation with one another. As such, it is essential reading for any academic with an interest in theology, religion and ethics and their expression in culture through the performing arts.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Performance and Religion in Early Modern England

Performance and Religion in Early Modern England

PERFORMING. RELIGION. IN. EARLY. MODERN. BALLADS. I turn now to a network of performance events that may in some ways seem worlds apart from that of the early modern sermon, and yet it is a milieu whose theatrical strategies are ...

Author: Matthew J. Smith

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 9780268104689

Category: Drama

Page: 398

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In Performance and Religion in Early Modern England, Matthew J. Smith seeks to expand our view of “the theatrical.” By revealing the creative and phenomenal ways that performances reshaped religious material in early modern England, he offers a more inclusive and integrative view of performance culture. Smith argues that early modern theatrical and religious practices are better understood through a comparative study of multiple performance types: not only commercial plays but also ballads, jigs, sermons, pageants, ceremonies, and festivals. Our definition of performance culture is augmented by the ways these events looked, sounded, felt, and even tasted to their audiences. This expanded view illustrates how the post-Reformation period utilized new capabilities brought about by religious change and continuity alike. Smith posits that theatrical practice at this time was acutely aware of its power not just to imitate but to work performatively, and to create spaces where audiences could both imaginatively comprehend and immediately enact their social, festive, ethical, and religious overtures. Each chapter in the book builds on the previous ones to form a cumulative overview of early modern performance culture. This book is unique in bringing this variety of performance types, their archives, venues, and audiences together at the crossroads of religion and theater in early modern England. Scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and those generally interested in the Renaissance will enjoy this book.
Categories: Drama

Performing Faith

Performing Faith

Performing. Faith. This book is a study of music inculturation in Indonesia. It shows how religious expression can be made relevant in an indigenous context and how grassroots Christianity is being realized by means of music.

Author: Marzanna Poplawska

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429996290

Category: Music

Page: 320

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This book is a study of music inculturation in Indonesia. It shows how religious expression can be made relevant in an indigenous context and how grassroots Christianity is being realized by means of music. Through the discussion of indigenous expressions of Christianity, the book presents multiple ways in which Indonesians reiterate their identity through music by creatively forging Christian and indigenous elements. This study moves beyond the discussion (and charge) of syncretism, showing that the inclusion of local cultural manifestations is an answer to creating a truly indigenous Christian expression. Marzanna Poplawska, while telling the story of Indonesian Christians and the multiple ways in which they live Christianity through music, emphasizes the creative energy and agency of local people. In their practices she finds optimism for the continuing existence of many traditional genres and styles. Indonesian Christians perform their Christian faith through music, dance, and theater, generating innovative cultural products that enrich the global Christian heritage. The book is addressed to a broad spectrum of readers: scholars from a variety of disciplines – music, religion, anthropology, especially those interested in interactions between Christianity and indigenous cultures; general music lovers and World Music enthusiasts eager to discover musics outside of European realm; as well as Christian believers, church musicians, and choir directors curious to learn about Christian music beyond Euro-American context. Students of religion, sacred music, (ethno)musicology, theater, and dance will also benefit from learning about a variety of indigenous arts employed in Christian churches in Indonesia.
Categories: Music

Religion Theatre and Performance

Religion  Theatre  and Performance

According to apopular narrative, ritual—a key term inreligious studies and a vital elementin religious practice—was closely allied to the genesis of performance studiesasa distinct discipline. The independent and occasionally ...

Author: Lance Gharavi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136483400

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 262

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The intersections of religion, politics, and performance form the loci of many of the most serious issues facing the world today, sites where some of the world’s most pressing and momentous events are contested and played out. That this circumstance warrants continued, thoughtful, and imaginative engagement from those within the fields of theatre and performance is one of the guiding principles of this volume. This collection features a diverse set of perspectives, written by some of the top scholars in the relevant fields, on the many modern intersections of religion with theatre and performance. Contributors argue that religion can no longer be conceived of as a cultural phenomenon that is safely sequestered in the "private sphere." It is instead an explicitly public force that stimulates and complicates public actions, and thus a crucial component of much performance. From mystic theologies of acting to the neuroscience of spirituality in rituals to the performance of secularism, these essays address a broad variety of religious traditions, sharing a common conception of religion as a crucial object of discourse—one that is formed by, and significantly formative of, performance.
Categories: Performing Arts

Religion and Society

Religion and Society

Similarly kutho is an everyday concept, frequently heard in local parlance, used as the explanation for performing religious duties, for giving, for observing the precepts. Ask a Burman why he gives to a monk, why he performs any ...

Author: Olof Pettersson


ISBN: IND:30000079509620

Category: Religion

Page: 307

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Categories: Religion

Pahlavi Texts D dist n i D n k or The religious opinions of M n sk har Epistles of M n sk har Epistles of M n sk har

Pahlavi Texts  D  dist  n i D  n  k  or  The religious opinions of M  n  sk  har  Epistles of M  n  sk  har  Epistles of M  n  sk  har

Zaratûst enquired this , also , of Allharmazd , that is : “ As to them who keep a man back from performing Khvêtudâd ... into a worldly place where he travelled , he spoke this , that is : “ Extol the religion ! and you should perform ...

Author: Edward William West


ISBN: PSU:000007927348

Category: Pahlavi literature


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Categories: Pahlavi literature

Hinduism and Its Relations to Christianity

Hinduism and Its Relations to Christianity

Now , a Hindu will commit all these crimes , believing that in committing them he is not only not offending against religion , but even performing religious acts . It was as a religious act that the Thug murdered his victims , that the ...

Author: John Robson


ISBN: OXFORD:N13231642

Category: Christianity and other religions

Page: 328

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Categories: Christianity and other religions