Author Bautista, Julius
Article Title Hesukristo superstar: Entrusted agency and passion rituals in the Roman Catholic Philippines
full text https://doi.org/10.1111/taja.12231
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Source The Australian journal of anthropology. vol. 28, no. 2 (Aug. 2017), p. 152-164
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Journal Title The Australian journal of anthropology.
Copy vol. 28, no. 2 (Aug. 2017), p. 152-164
ISSN 1035-8811
Brief substance In this article I draw from ethnographic fieldwork conducted between 2010 and 2013 in San Pedro Cutud, a village located in the Philippine province of Pampanga. The focus is on the performance of the Via Crucis y Passion y Muerte, a passion play held there every year on Good Friday. Central to the play is the individual pursuit of panata, or divine pledge, by the cast of around forty actors, and particularly by the play's main protagonist: the Kristo, who is nailed to a cross in front of tens of thousands of spectators. In the first part, I describe how the cast engages in the production of a particular theatrical aesthetic that is coterminous with the embodied pursuit of their respective appeals for divine intervention. In the latter portion, I focus on the act of nailing as a context for the formation of intersubjective bonds of trust, or tiuala ya lub, between the Kristo, and his ritual associates. By describing how rituals of pain are premised upon the shareability and entrustedness of ritual agency, I situate the ethnographic data on passion rituals in relation to wider discussions about the anthropological turn to affect
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full text https://doi.org/10.1111/taja.12231

 
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