The Mummery Book is the most impressive drama I have encountered. It’s like a cross between Shake-speare, a series of initiatory dreams or visions, and the greatest religious dramas I’ve found in either Asian or Western or Native traditions. I feel it contains the most important teachings for our time.
It has some very forceful things to communicate about human beings’ proclivity toward cultism and herd-mentality, and the book also has profound things to say about love and about life. It’s a story of individual journey, and about the initiations and horrors and pleasures experienced in a life of awakening.
The work is absolutely intended to be experienced in a live performance, and at one time it was performed yearly in a 10-hour enactment with cutting-edge visuals projected onto multiple screens with actors doing their thing in an in-the-round theater. The author said he would like to see it performed weekly by a traveling theater troupe, but that has not happened as of yet. The last enactment I know of was an excellent “radio” enactment with visuals on a screen, done in May 2012.
The book was a difficult read for me the first few times through – or really, if we’re being honest here, I hated the thing for the first decade or two after I was exposed to it! (What makes it difficult is it’s so challenging emotionally at times, and also in its surrealistic storyline, and even how the prose is worded – everything about the book is a challenge to our usual way of life, you might say.) But with that caveat I recommend buying, reading it and referring to it as a treasured resource. It can be purchased at amazon.
The official website is mummerybook.org.
I think one of the best ways to benefit from The Mummery Book, outside of attending a live performance, is by discussing it with others and seeing how it relates to the world we live in, both on an intimate scale and on a global scale. Articles that reference The Mummery Book can be found on this blog.
Check it out and let me know what you think.