Indigenous Religious Music

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Celebrating the diversity of indigenous nations, cultures and religions, the essays which comprise this volume discuss the musics performed by a wide variety of peoples as an integral part of their cultural traditions. These include examinations of the various styles of Maori, Inuit and Australian Aboriginal musics, and the role of music in Korean Shaman rituals. Indeed, music forms a key component of many such rituals and belief systems and examples of these are explored amongst the peoples of Uganda, Amazonia ...
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Celebrating the diversity of indigenous nations, cultures and religions, the essays which comprise this volume discuss the musics performed by a wide variety of peoples as an integral part of their cultural traditions. These include examinations of the various styles of Maori, Inuit and Australian Aboriginal musics, and the role of music in Korean Shaman rituals. Indeed, music forms a key component of many such rituals and belief systems and examples of these are explored amongst the peoples of Uganda, Amazonia and Africa. Through analysis of these rituals and the part music plays in them, the essays also open up further themes including social groupings and gender divisions, and engage with issues and debates on how we define and approach the study of indigeneity, religiosity and music. With information on available recordings, this is a book which gives readers the opportunity to gain a richer experience of the lived realities of indigenous religious musics.
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Celebrating the diversity of indigenous nations, cultures and religions, MacLeod (Celtic and religious studies, U. of Edinburgh) and Harvey (religious studies, King Alfred's College) present 10 essays that discuss the music performed by a wide variety of peoples as an integral part of their cultural traditions. Through analysis of rituals and the part music plays in them, they also open up further themes, including social groupings and gender divisions, and engage with issues and debates on how we define and approach the study of indigeneity, religiosity and music. The accompanying CD-ROM contains excerpts from live and field recordings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780754602491
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Series: SOAS Musicology Series
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Music Examples vii
List of Contributors ix
Introduction 1
1 Te Kaha o te Waiata--The Power of Music: Maori Oral Traditions illustrated by E Tipu e Rea 22
2 From Here into Eternity: Power and Transcendence in Australian Aboriginal Music 35
3 Sacred and Profane: Music in Korean Shaman Rituals 56
4 Maasai Musics, Rituals and Identities 84
5 Appeasing the Spirits: Music, Possession, Divination and Healing in Busoga, Eastern Uganda 102
6 Chasing Off God: Spirit Possession in a Sharing Society 122
7 Sounding the Sacred: Music as Sacred Site (the Search for a Universal Sacred Music) 136
8 Emerging Amazonian Peoples: Myth-chants 167
9 Structure into Practice: A Theory of Inuit Music 183
10 The Music of the Mescalero Apache Girls' Puberty Ceremony 198
Recordings 211
CD Information 215
Index 217
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