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Empathy, Entrainment, and Devotional Instability

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Abstract

The York cycle, with its many instances of pious seeing, seems to be the perfect performance to stage as part of Corpus Christi Day, a feast celebrated through the visible presentation and procession of the Eucharist. But the relationship between the cycle and the other Corpus Christi events was not always a comfortable one. Debate over the relationship between procession and play is evident as early as 1426 when Friar William Melton, according to an A/Y entry “a most famous preacher of the word of God,” came to York and argued that the two events should be separated. The A/Y indicates that Melton

commended the said play to the people in several of his sermons, by affirming that it was good in itself and most laudable; nevertheless, he used to say that the citizens of the aforesaid city and the other foreigners coming in to it during the said festival, attend not only to the play on the same feast, but also greatly to feastings, drunkenness, clamours, gossipings, and other wantonness, engaging the least in the divine service of the office of that day and that, alas, for that cause, they lose the indulgences granted to them in that matter by Pope Urban IV.1

Keywords

Mirror Neuron Live Performance Musical Rhythm Religious Performance Affective Resonance 
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