by Lena Fields-Arnold
What is Mime?
Pantomime (Pantomine n.d. 2015) is a way of expressing information or telling a story without words by using body movements and facial expressions: an ancient dramatic entertainment representing scenes from life usually in a ridiculous manner.
On the surface this definition appears relatively innocuous, but there are those who believe the practice of mime is not innocent as it sounds, particularly as it relates to the trend of a form of worship and ministry in the Christian church?
Pan means ‘all’ and Pan was the god of the wild often found trying to force himself upon young nymphs. Moreover, the word ‘panic’ derives from the name of the goat-like deity. It was believed his voice alone could induce dread and “panic to anyone who was unlucky to be close enough to hear it.” (Pan 2015, para 1-2).
One of the primary definitions of the word mime is farce. A farce is a foolish show; mockery; a ridiculous sham. (dictionary.reference.com.) Literally translated pantomime means all farce.