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Overall then, the simplest deployment of Christ in the Tercer abecedario is, as we have seen, for purely rhetorical effect: the name of Christ is used to add an extra testimonial to an already self-sufficient argument, to add the impact of the name in a statement having nothing to do with Christ, or simply in conventional invocatory form.
95), an anthology covering invocatory prayer and its fundamentals across religions.
He notes that drama in the Dark Ages stemmed from the vegetation, fertility and harvest rites still recalled today in the symbolic display of pine cones and holly wreaths at Christmas and lilies at Eastertide, "these lingering tokens of heathen beliefs and seasonal invocatory practices," he writes, noting that at a long ago period, even when theatre stages were not available, people still enjoyed putting on fancy costumes and parading or dancing in celebration of a harvest, or the arrival of new wine or lambs in spring.
Invocatory by nature, the master narrative summons up in the reader's mind a larger story that fills in the gaps in the narrative.
In what is perhaps one of the most powerful evocations in contemporary African drama of a classical African ritualistic sense of space, all resources are mobilized in aid of the protagonist-actor: the "intensive language of transition", also known as music, the propelling, invocatory laments and exhortations, a massing of communal spiritual energies as a cushioning pool for the protagonist, the dismantling of artificial actor-audience barriers yet with precise collectively recognizable distinctions.
To this end, Martinez notes the double meaning of the verb "to come" as both an invocatory chant and a verb that indicates sexual climax, thus expressing "[t]he conjunction of sexuality and poetic inspiration" embodied in "Julia" (76):