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Performing the ReformationReligious Festivals in Contemporary Wittenberg$
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Barry Stephenson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732753

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732753.001.0001

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A Mighty Fortress?

A Mighty Fortress?

(p.53) 3 A Mighty Fortress?
Performing the Reformation

Barry Stephenson

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes, interprets, and comments on the liturgy and performances conducted by the Lutherans during Wittenberg’s Luther festivals. The various branches of Lutheranism active in Wittenberg are described. The symbolic dimensions of Lutheran liturgy, processions, architecture, and celebration are interpreted, drawing on the thought of Victor Turner. Tensions between Lutheran groups are discussed.

Keywords:   liturgy, Lutheran Church, festivity, aesthetics, symbols, embodiment, gender, confirmation, Thesenanschlag

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