Keepers of Sacred Chants: The Poetics of Ritual Power in an Amazonian Society

Keepers of Sacred Chants: The Poetics of Ritual Power in an Amazonian Society

by Jonathan D. Hill
     
 

The Wakuenai of the upper Rio Negro region in southern Venezuela employ a form of singing called malikai for ceremonies of childbirth, initiation, and healing. This ritual chanting is a rich amalgam of myth and music, and serves as a means of integrating individuals into a vertical hierarchy of power relations between mythic ancestors and human descendants.

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The Wakuenai of the upper Rio Negro region in southern Venezuela employ a form of singing called malikai for ceremonies of childbirth, initiation, and healing. This ritual chanting is a rich amalgam of myth and music, and serves as a means of integrating individuals into a vertical hierarchy of power relations between mythic ancestors and human descendants. Jonathan Hill here shows how the musical and semantic transformations of everyday discourse in malikai integrate the everyday world into a poetic process of empowerment.

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Focuses on malikai, a form of ritual singing and empowerment used by the Wakuenai of the upper Rio Negro region in southern Venezuela. It is used in ceremonies of childbirth, initiation, and healing, to integrate individuals into the traditional system of mythic ancestors and human descendants through a process of naming-into-being the elements of personhood and society. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816511358
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
12/01/1993
Pages:
245
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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