New Christus

Last fortnight was election week in Oberammergau, Germany. But not for a mayor, police chief or sheriff did the citizens vote. Pious and thoughtful, a committee representing all the citizens met to elect a new cast for their world-famed Passion Play in which the entire village takes part.*

Anton Lang, who has played Christus three times, was succeeded by his cousin, Alois Lang, chosen from three candidates. The part is exhausting. Anton is too old. So he was made the prolog reader. Alois Lang, now 38, was understudy to Anton Lang in the last...

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