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East Asian Dance and Theater
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[German Version]

in all its forms shares the use of stylized (painted) mask s and costumes that define the role of the figure, partly in combination with dance, acrobatic elements, song, music, and the dramatization of a story (Indian dance, Kūṭiyāṭṭam). A connection between stage plays and the practice of the respective religion may also be observed (Animism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shamanism, Shintoism): supernatural aetiological myths, performances as a significant part of the temple rites or religious feasts, themes related to both social and religio…

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Moser-Achuthath, Heike, “East Asian Dance and Theater”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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