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An Analysis of Worship Dance according to the Aesthetic Chracteristics of Christian during Western Medieval History

Jeong Boyoung 1 Park,Soon-Ja 1

1숙명여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

The present study analyzes Christian worship dance in terms of Christian theological aesthetic characteristics according to the social phenomena of the Middle Ages. First, worship dance was a religious ceremony led by priests. Moderate gestures and motions in accordance with doctrine were means of communication of performing the church doctrine to the people through the body. Second, worship dance was based on semiotics. Semiotics took an important role in religious ceremonies as the optimum theory for reproducing afterlife images. This was shown by circles, the supreme figure in semiotics, which expressed God. Third, worship dance reproduced an afterlife direction through the body. The light of faith was the result of transcendence ruling man. Light inspired man, and the nonvisible mind was reproduced through the body to draw out a visible image. Worship dance allowed man to reform before God through the body.

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