THEA 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Passion Play, Noh, Hill Cumorah Pageant
Theatre = british spelling, theater = american spelling. Theater has, for a long time, been associated with religion and ritual. African storytelling: often had actors dressed as animal spirits or key religious gures, wearing colorful costumes and masks, music and dance was often included. Egyptian abydos ritual: told the story of osiris (egyptian god) and his son horus: osiris marries isis after becoming egypt"s ruler. Then set, his brother, murders him and cuts him up, spreading his various parts throughout egypt. Isis puts those pieces back together just long enough to conceive horus. Horus then kills set to take over egypt: this myth was acted out as an early form of a passion play (idea of sacri ce of a. Gure for the betterment of humanity), with actors playing the parts. Some sacri ce may have been part of the ritual, though scholars have not agreed if that role was voluntary or not.