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Both entertainment and education have been integrals parts of the humanexperience since the beginnings of time Many scholars insist that the twoinstitutions often serve jointly with entertainers and entertainmentserving as a main source of education There is little argument thenthat in addition to generally appealing to the masses entertainers haveregularly fulfilled the role of a teacher to typically unsuspectingaudiences Entertainers have served as educators throughout history fromthe origins of oral narratives through the Middle Ages The earliest forms of unwritten communication were essentiallyused to spread knowledge from one source to another Religious disciplineswere the first information passed from person to person throughentertainment In the third century BC Buddhist monks tried to winconverts outside India through the use of theater and song Burcensored 97They taught the precepts of Siddhartha and Buddha in such theatrical epicsas Ramayana and Mahabharata setting exacting rules for theaterperformance in the process Burcensored 99 Similarly Irish monksestablished singing schools which taught uniform use of music throughoutthe church Young 31 Through chants which were all the same they spreadidentical teachings Christian psalms and hymns in Apostolic times were sung to spread the knowledge and faith of Christianity In factChristianity was promoted from the start by music Churches were for longthe only centers of learning with monks teaching all lessons throughmusic Young 39 Through the use of sacred music monks and clergysuccessfully spread the teachings of their religions in a practical Entertainers used the theater as a place to tell the stories ofthe day both fictional and topical The African oral tradition was richin folk tales myths riddles and proverbs serving a religious socialand economic function Lindfors 1 Likewise Asian actors covered theirfaces with masks in order to act out a scandal of the day without theaudience knowing who was passing along the gossip Archer 76 Europeanpuppets were another medium which permitted entertainers to spread currentgossip without revealing the identity of the storyteller Speaight 16The theatrical productions of
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