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Places for HappinessCommunity, Self, and Performance in the Philippines$
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William Peterson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824851637

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824851637.001.0001

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The Body of Christ

The Body of Christ

(p.50) Chapter 2 The Body of Christ
Places for Happiness

William Peterson

University of Hawai'i Press

Chapter Two moves inside the experiential dimensions of the sinakulo and related Good Friday performances and processions, grounding it in a consideration of the relationship between the individual and Christ, particularly as it is understood and experienced in the Tagalog-speaking parts of the country. The ways in which Christ is represented and experienced by the actor is placed into active conversation with how this Christ reflects local values and understandings of what it means to be a complete person, one who is capable of harmonising the inner (sa loób) with the outer (sa labas). A key concept here is damay, which I argue constitutes a kind of supra-empathy in which the individual is prepared to take on the actual emotions and suffering of another individual with whom one shares a deep bond.

Keywords:   Philippines, passion play, Christ, sinakulo, identity, performance, theatre, religion, Good Friday, Folk Catholicism

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