How People Process And Document The Human Experience

1196 WordsOct 28, 20155 Pages
When I began this class I had no clue what I was walking into. All I had to go off of was a blue book with a painting on it that read “Reality through the Arts.” So what was it? Was it an art class? A history class? Both? The dictionary definition of the study of humanities by the Stanford Humanities Center is “The study of how people process and document the human experience. Since humans have been able, we have used philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history, and language to understand and record our world. These modes of expression have become some of the subjects that traditionally fall under the humanities umbrella.” What I have come to known it as is how humans portray our inner feelings, thoughts, and emotions in different forms; such as art, music, theater, religion, and books. There is not much we know about the origins of theater. What we do know comes in the forms of wall paintings, artifacts, and hieroglyphics. They show the stories of successful hunts, the changing of the seasons. They also tell the stories of getting old and the stories of the Gods. Theatre came from the myths of the Gods as well as rituals and ceremonies. Think of any old western movie you have seen where the Indians are chanting and dancing around a fire in costumes and masks, or the Mayans doing blood sacrifices or bloodletting to celebrate a religious or political event as well as a significant calendar cycle ending. These are the origins of theater as we know it. I’m sure the
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