Between Play and Prayer: The Variety of Theatricals in by Anita Hammer

By Anita Hammer

Among Play and Prayer launches non secular functionality as a time period to hide all human functionality which not directly refers to making the presence of beings or entities from a realm that transgresses the sensorial. This concept covers an outstanding number of performative genres, starting from funerary companies, spiritualist performances of deceased souls, to religious readings. This huge and deep method of quite a number performances is answering a renewed longing for spirituality in modern tradition. in terms of functionality idea and aesthetic idea, recommendations of religion, trust, event, play, prayer and theatricality, are set in movement whilst offering the need of experiencing such performances on their lonesome phrases. intensive descriptions of quite a few performances in Norwegian and New Zealand neighborhood contexts convey the need of experiencing and knowing an existential caliber in non secular functionality. religion, now not credo, is on the middle of religious perform. The publication represents a brand new, cutting edge and trans-disciplinary method of spirituality in functionality. The studying of this ebook is a needs to for students within the box of theatre- and function experiences, ritual and pageant reviews, for students of faith, and an individual drawn to the knowledge of religious practices.

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These are as follows: Spiritual Readings and healing on an individual basis will be critically reviewed from the perspective of the effects they have had on the individuals undergoing them. I will dwell on an experience of a personal reading that extends many years back in time, as remembered and assessed when I met the reader during my fieldwork in 2008. Another experience of reading, framed as healing and involving several people, will be described and assessed on an ethical as well as a spiritual perspective.

Sometimes perhaps a performance may be a prayer, and at other times what we call a prayer is a divine performance. It is a certain quality, though, that goes with experiencing prayer that on one level is surrender. Dewey, when describing the different aspects of aesthetic experi43 Lystad, Elsa. Informal conversation, November 2006. Rothenbuhler, Eric and Mihai Coman (eds). 2005. Media Anthropology. Thousand Oaks, Sage. 199-209. 44 Introduction 41 41 ence as the creative act of the doer on the one side, and the undergoing side of the receiver of experience, points out that an experience has necessarily also such a quality.

1993. The Future of Ritual, London and New York: Routledge, 263. , 262. 65 As Schechner indicates, the term violence may have several levels of meaning. This will be discussed in later chapters in relation to the Carla story, as well as to Spiritualist Church practices. See pp. 68-70, 277-280 and 317, 397. 56 Between Play and Prayer professional theatres of which the Napier Operatic Society is the largest and most visible. This dedicated society of mostly amateurs also hires professional directors, choreographers and musical directors for its production of licensed musicals, and draws together a highly competent cast of young talent.

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