TRADITION: A scene from the Oberammergau play that is both rare and long-running, having first appeared in the 17th century.

Oberammergau Passion Play, Germany It happens only once every 10 years and has been going on since 1634. The people of Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps, fearing that bubonic plague would sweep the village, promised they would reenact the Passion every decade if God spared them. About 2,000...