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Ritual Liminality and Frame: What Did Barbosa See When He Saw the Theyyam ?

Ritual Liminality and Frame: What Did Barbosa See When He Saw the Theyyam ? Abstract: An anecdotal account of a ritual from the south of India by a Portuguese adventurer from the early sixteenth century serves as pretext for a brief description of the cult of the theyyam s from north Kerala in southwest India and raises questions on how we look at ritual performances. Liminality and frame, and associated notions, including flow and experience, as used by Victor Turner, provide clues for understanding an "anthropology of performance," but Turner did not give operative tools for implementation of his manifesto . Could some practical notions proposed by Grotowski be useful to the ethnography of the performance? Growtowski's concepts are applied to observations made during field research on theyyam. Findings are more outlined than concluded, but point toward some outcomes . http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Ritual Liminality and Frame: What Did Barbosa See When He Saw the Theyyam ?

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 34 (2) – Aug 14, 2017

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Abstract: An anecdotal account of a ritual from the south of India by a Portuguese adventurer from the early sixteenth century serves as pretext for a brief description of the cult of the theyyam s from north Kerala in southwest India and raises questions on how we look at ritual performances. Liminality and frame, and associated notions, including flow and experience, as used by Victor Turner, provide clues for understanding an "anthropology of performance," but Turner did not give operative tools for implementation of his manifesto . Could some practical notions proposed by Grotowski be useful to the ethnography of the performance? Growtowski's concepts are applied to observations made during field research on theyyam. Findings are more outlined than concluded, but point toward some outcomes .

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 14, 2017

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