Traveling Performance: An Ethnography of a Philippine Religious Festival

Alcedo, Russ Patrick Perez (2003) Traveling Performance: An Ethnography of a Philippine Religious Festival. Doctoral thesis, University of California, Riverside.

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Traveling Performance. An Ethnographic History of a Philippine Religious Festival tracks the transnational and choreographic movement of the Ati-atihan—a Roman Catholic festival celebrated in honor of the Santo Niño or the Holy Child Jesus—from its “original” site in the Central Philippines to its “diasporic” site in California. It takes for its focus the cultural change brought about by the growth of tourism, nationalist agendas, and transnational flows as exemplified by the festival's transformation from a “purely” religious procession to a “carnivalesque” parade. The dissertation's ethnographic and historical accounts provide insights into the performative response of the participants to the festival's development. The dissertation argues that such a response has necessitated their performing in different kinds of bodies, an agency buoyed by their unwavering faith in the Santo Niño, and resolve to move with modernity by transitioning in its wake while hanging on to the religiosity of the festival.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aklan, Ati-Atihan, California, USA, cultural performance, cultural performance criticism, dance, diaspora, festivals, rites and rituals
Depositing User: Machine Whisperer
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 08:27
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 08:27

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