The Philippine Pasyon: A Transforming and Transformative Musical Practice

Chongson, Arlene M. (2011) The Philippine Pasyon: A Transforming and Transformative Musical Practice. Musika Journal, 7 (1). pp. 68-96.

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The Pasyon, also known as the Pabasa, is a popular ritual that is celebrated during the Lenten season of Catholic culture in the Philippines. It is a narrative poem with a theme that focuses on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This article features a profile on the formal constitution of the pasyon perfomance, a discussion of its musical and textual characteristics, an examination of the pasyon and the notion of power. A main concern of this work is in looking at the pasyon an expression of popular religiosity, or more specifically, local Catholicism. This paper asserts that the reason for the continued use of the pasyon is found in the multi-faceted nature of the pasyon that makes it simultaneously a personal and communal expression.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural performance, cultural performance criticism, pasyon, Catholicism, music, pabasa
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Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2017 10:31
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