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The basis of laughter which gives form to carnival rituals frees them completely
from all religious and ecclesiatic dogmatism , from all mysticism and piety . They
are also completely deprived of the character of magic and prayer ; they do not ...
As opposed to the official feast , one might say that carnival celebrated temporary
liberation from the prevailing truth and from the established order ; it marked the
suspension of all hierarchical rank , privileges , norms , and prohibitions .
The flame burning the soldiers is the fire that burns and renews the terrifying past
( the moccoli of the Roman carnival ) . The vision also contains the element of
uncrowning , since the sinners are former feudal lords , knights , noble ladies ...
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ONE Rabelais in the History of Laughter
TWO The Language of the Marketplace in Rabelais
THREE PopularFestive Forms and Images in Rabelais
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