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Journal

Lud

2008 | 92 |
Article title

A PASSION PLAY FROM THE INSIDE. JOKES IN THE STORIES ABOUT EASTER PLAYS (Misteria Meki Panskiej od kuchni. Dowcip w opowiesciach o przedstawieniach wielkanocnych)

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Languages of publication
PL
Abstracts
EN
The article describes the relation between humour and religion, using Polish Passion plays as an illustration. The authoress focuses on jokes present in narrations about Easter plays. Although humour is not part of Easter play scenarios, it is a permanent feature of narrations about Passion plays. However, jokes are not about things divine, the holy story depicted in the play, but about the imperfections of people or animals and accidents happening during the plays. An anecdote is a kind of a bridge linking the unattainable divine ideal with human competencies. It bridges the gap between perfection and imperfection; it helps to tackle the difficult task of staging an evangelical story. Laughter helps both the actors and play organisers to carry the burden. At the same time, it is a way to ease the tension, which is present during the active involvement in the Passion plays. Amusing narrations about Passion plays also show the complex attitudes of people to such plays. It is mainly people involved in the preparations of the plays who tell anecdotes. While joking about the Passion play, they express their perception of the gap between the divine ideal and the human performance.
Journal
Lud
Year
Volume
92
Physical description
Document type
ARTICLE
Contributors
  • Kamila Baraniecka, Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii PAN. al. Solidarnosci 105, 00-140 Warszawa, Poland
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CEJSH db identifier
09PLAAAA055110
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.7a036c8e-ca30-3cf2-81f2-e6a28bec8231
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