310 – Political Theater

Human beings can’t really be summed up in a nickname. Usually we are more complicated than a word or two. And sometimes, the nickname just doesn’t reflect reality. If you take  Edward the Elder, for example, the name probably conjures up an image of Gandalf. But Edward was only in his early 50’s when he died.

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  1. Really appreciate the work you do – but again, in subtle ways, you once again show your prejudices – It takes about 2 weeks to get the nuts and bolts of a daily Latin Liturgy – about.a month when hearing it weekly – same as any other language – so you spend a bit of time trashing medieval liturgical customs (the Latin Mass) which in the pertain not a whit to your overall point – the 3 dialects – Northumbria, Wessex, and East Anglian – are of far more substance to the discussion at hand. Any grafde schooler can learn the parts of bte Latin Mass in a matter of weeks. What has this to do with your main point?

    1. Well, I guess you should build a time machine, go back, and teach the public. Because as far as we can tell, the lay public wasn’t speaking Latin.

      And acknowledging that fact isnt a sign of prejudice.

  2. It also struck me as odd that the use of Latin would be such a stumbling block. You don’t have to speak Latin to follow the Latin Mass if you’ve had it explained a couple of times and you hear it every week. I don’t speak Spanish but I’ve picked up enough to be able to follow some of whats going on if I flip to a Spanish Language television station. Also, I’ve been to a lot of deadly boring religious services in English, and even today there are a lot of churches that use music and theatrics to get butts in pews, without it being a question of language.

    It just seems like I’m missing something. Did people not get to mass that often? Was there some cultural taboo against the clergy explaining things to people or having conversations with them? That would certainly be easier than mounting a musical production, so why not do that? I thought Christianity was pretty well established at this point. Did people really not know what happened at Easter? As you described it, the theatrical ritual seems like the sort of thing that lacks a lot of detail and context because people already know the story, they just get to enjoy the music and the costumes.

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