In virtually every culture, drama—both Western and non-Western—seems to have evolved from religious practice. However, because primitive drama came into being during prehistory, its precise forms are not well documented and must be studied through the anecdotes and legends that eventually led to each society’s transcribed literary history.
Drama, even the secular drama of the present day, resembles a religious ceremony in a number of ways. Both the religious service and the play are ritualistic. The communicants participate in the service largely through...
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