Religious rituals in antiquity were often punctuated by musical performances that served varied purposes, whether to amplify the tension before a sacrifice, offer a prayer to the divine, or gather worshippers together. Processions that took place within a ritual were often lavish sensory events, in which worshippers moved together in unison to musical sounds. Join Carolyn M. Laferrière, Postdoctoral Associate at Archaia: Yale Program for the Study of Ancient and Premodern Cultures and Societies, and curator of Sights and Sounds of Ancient Ritual, for a discussion of the relationship between music and processions in ancient and premodern rituals. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Sights and Sounds of Ancient Ritual.
Space is limited.