- Jehanne de Wodeford sendeth greeting and opineth
thusly: our shire's singing group ROUTINELY performs
Christian liturgical music as part of our repertoire
and no one has ever expressed an objection, including
the Wiccan and Jewish members of said choir. Of
course, the lyrics ARE in Latin....
It has been my experience the folks who are most
belligerent about religion in the SCA tend to be the
pagans, like the ones who were objecting to the
reproduction coin design used on last year's Pennsic
medallion because said design had a cross on it. You
want tolerance, be tolerant yourselves! (Especially
the ones who started wearing pentagrams and invoking
the Goddess primarily to freak out their parents.)
Mystery plays are certainly a valid area of study and
I'm sure you can present one without watering down its
content to pander to the PC element by warning your
audience beforehand that the views represented depict
those of a particular time, place and belief-system
which some will find strange or even objectionable.
You know, "This show is rated C for heavily Christian
After all, my persona, being a 13th century Anglo
Norman, would have had no problem swallowing the idea
that only Jews should lend money because, after all,
usury is a sin and they're all going to Hell already
anyway, not to mention the time honored family
tradition of riding East to slice and dice Muslims
(and any Eastern Christians one happens to mistake for
Saracens because they all look alike anyway). Deus lo
volt and all that.
Hope you can make it work. It sounds like an
"I do but sing because I must, And pipe but as the linnets sing." Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "In Memoriam."
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> It was indeed magical...well, up until a boot came flying out the tent ofno, really??
> someone with a hangover and hit the caller!
> Allaaaaahu akb- ow! :o)
Okay, I'm going to try it at the next event. Of course, I'll have to wake
up at dawn, but there you go.
I don't have a Muslim persona, but no one will know who it is, they'll just
hear it ringing out. I hope to create "magic moments" for people by doing
that, especially the Muslim personae who just might follow the summons and
kneel to face Mecca in prayer.
Qu'er non es grazitz lunhs mestiers
menhs en cort que de belh saber
de trobar -- qu'auzir e vezer
hi vol hom mais captenhs leugiers
e critz mesclatz ab dezonor.
--Guiraut Riquier, 1292