During the late Middle Ages European townspeople and villagers often staged passion plays. These were performances that depicted the suffering, crucifixion, and death of Jesus Christ. By taking part in a passion play, townspeople also participated in the
drama of Christ's last days on earth. The passion play tradition continues to the present in towns in southern Germany, western Austria, and Switzerland. The most famous one is held every 10 years in the Bavarian town of Oberammergau.
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