A consideration of the relationship between religious ritual and theatre : with special reference to Hindu forms of worship.

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dc.contributor.advisor Phillips, N.
dc.creator Pillay, Charles Moghamberry. en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T11:47:39Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-12T11:47:39Z
dc.date.created 1991
dc.date.issued 1991
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10413/6818
dc.description Thesis (M.A.)-University of Natal, Durban, 1991. en
dc.description.abstract This study seeks to explore the relationship between religious ritual and theatre through an examination of the manner in which the Hindu religion functions. In the Introduction to this thesis, the nature of both religious rituals and theatre, and the similarities that exist between ' these forms of performance, are explored. At the heart of any performance is the desire to communicate. Religious rituals are primarily a means of communicating the philosophy of a particular religion. In this thesis, the basic beliefs and philosophy of the Hindu religion are described; the imagery, symbols and mythology, that have evolved with the religion, are analysed as extensions of the basic philosophy of the religion; and the manner in which these symbols and images function in Hindu religious practices is examined. This is followed by a detailed documentation of two Hindu rituals. The first, the Havan is a home based ritual, while the second, the Fire-Walking Festival, is temple based. The historical evolution of these rituals, based on essentially scriptural evidence, is also examined. An overview of the impact of the Hindu religion on Indian theatre concludes this dissertation. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Religion and drama. en
dc.subject Religion in literature. en
dc.subject Hinduism and culture. en
dc.subject Fire walking--KwaZulu-Natal--Durban en
dc.subject Hinduism--Rites and rituals. en
dc.subject Theses--Drama and performance studies. en
dc.title A consideration of the relationship between religious ritual and theatre : with special reference to Hindu forms of worship. en
dc.type Thesis en

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