• Short Summary

    THE TRADITIONAL EPIPHANY CELEBRATIONS WERE GIVEN AN UNUSUAL FLAVOUR IN PORTO NOVO, DAHOMEY, LAST WEEK.?

  • Description

    THE TRADITIONAL EPIPHANY CELEBRATIONS WERE GIVEN AN UNUSUAL FLAVOUR IN PORTO NOVO, DAHOMEY, LAST WEEK. REGULAR MEMBERS OF THE PORTO NOVO CATHEDRAL STAGED AN IMPRESSIVE AND COLOURFUL EPIPHANY TABLEAU BASED ON THE MIRACLE PLAYS OF THE EUROPEAN MIDDLE AGES.

    FATHER AUPIAIS OF PORTO NOVO CATHEDRAL HAD THE ORIGINAL IDEA OF PRESENTING A MIRACLE PLAY FOR HIS CONGREGATION AS AN OBSERVANCE OF EPIPHANY. HE RECRUITED MEMBERS OF THE GOUNS OF PORTO NOVO TO TAKE THE PRINCIPAL ROLES IN THE PLAY.

    THE MAGI - THE THREE KINGS - WERE PLAYED BY LOCAL TRIBESMEN, AND THE PART OF KING HEROD WAS TAKEN BY A LEADING MEMBER OF PORTO NOVO SOCIETY.

    IN THE PLAY THE PATHOS OF THE BIRTH AND THE ADORATION OF THE THREE KINGS WAS CONVEYED WITH GREAT FEELING AND SENSITIVITY. THE ANGER OF KING HEROD WAS REPORTEDLY A TOUR DE FORCE OF POWERFUL ACTING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2D823UHMMRS17X3EFX9GY0JYW
    Media URN:
    VLVA2D823UHMMRS17X3EFX9GY0JYW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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