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Title:Masks and Acting (Classic Reprint)
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Author:Frank Byron Jevons
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Masks and Acting (Classic Reprint) by Frank Byron Jevons

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Masks and Acting (Classic Reprint) Excerpt from Masks and Acting These instances quoted from Mr Webster and Dr Haddon may suffice to show that outside Europe masks and acting are employed at funerals and in commemoration of the dead and also form part of the worship both of vegetation spirits and of theriomorphic spirits A presumption is thus raised that in ancient Greece also masks and acting were originally employed alike in commemoration of the dead and in the worship of vegetation spirits and other spirits and if these three kinds of ceremonies eventually gave rise in Greece to Tragedy Comedy and the Satyric drama as elsewhere similar religious rites eventually passed into dramatic performances in which the actors wore masks then it would be a welcome confirmation of the presumption if traces of these ceremonies could be found surviving in modern Greece and elsewhere in Europe Such traces and survivals may possibly be found in the Mummers Plays of England and modern Greece In those plays the performers are masked and they originally performed in dumb show a play the central incident of which is always the revival of one of the characters whose death and restoration to life though explained in various ways in various versions of the play are the one invariable feature of the play That the character revivified was originally some spirit of vegetation is a conjecture which seems likely enough and if the conjecture be accepted then the Mummers Plays Spring from the same source as did Greek Comedy and like it inherit their masks and acting from prehistoric times Finally masks must like everything else have gone through a process of evolution and evolution implies continuity in change and change in continuity In the evolution of masks as of everything else the earliest forms may be expected to differ so much from the latest that the connexion between them at first escapes notice About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books Find more at a target blank href http www forgottenbooks com rel nofollow www forgottenbooks com a This book is a reproduction of an important historical work Forgotten Books uses state of the art technology to digitally reconstruct the work preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy In rare cases an imperfection in the original such as a blemish or missing page may be replicated in our edition We do however repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works

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