What is the origin of drama?


The origin of drama is typically religious ritual. As the rituals associated with a certain deity or festival grew more elaborate over time, they took on dramatic elements that eventually evolved into full plays.

One prime example of this process is the development of Greek drama. At a religious ceremony associated with the god Dionysus, performers originally chanted hymns, stories and myths to and about the god. Over time, these became more elaborate, and in the 6th century B.C., a man named Thespis actually stepped out of the chorus to perform roles as an actor. A similar process occurred in China where rituals celebrating harvests and civic functions portrayed various occupations using song and dance. Eventually, these presentations became more elaborate and secular, resulting in the development of a dramatic tradition.

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