April 16, 2024

Every 10 years a mountain village cradled in the German Catholic stronghold of Bavaria nails an actor to a cross as part of a play depicting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  A communal effort, with more than half of the village’s 2,500 residents either onstage or behind the scenes at the massive 4,800-seat Passion Play Theater, it’s a tradition born out of a promise made to God during those nasty plague years – one that’s been taking place regularly since 1634. It’s the Oberammergau Passion Play, which opened this weekend with all the ceremony befitting a five-hour, once-a-decade spectacle.  Irregardless of your religious views, it makes for epic theater.  Here’s a great short video about the village and the play courtesy of The Telegraph.

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