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Theatre, Ritual and Transformation: The Senoi Temiar

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Sue Jennings and her three children spent two years on a fieldwork expedition to the Senoi Temiar people of Malaysia: Theatre, Ritual and Transformation is the fascinating account of that experience. She describes how the Temiar regularly perform seances which are enacted through dreams, dance, music and drama, and explains that they see the seance as playing a valuable preventative role in people's lives, as well as being a medium of healing and cure. Her account brings together the insights of drama, therapy ...
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Overview

Sue Jennings and her three children spent two years on a fieldwork expedition to the Senoi Temiar people of Malaysia: Theatre, Ritual and Transformation is the fascinating account of that experience. She describes how the Temiar regularly perform seances which are enacted through dreams, dance, music and drama, and explains that they see the seance as playing a valuable preventative role in people's lives, as well as being a medium of healing and cure. Her account brings together the insights of drama, therapy and theatre with those of social anthropology to provide an invaluable framework for understanding theatre and ritual and their links with healing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415052290
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Setting the scene 1
2 Introducing the Temiars 25
3 Boundaries and transformations 43
4 Temiar body: Control and invasion 56
5 Temiar space: Order and disorder 77
6 Dreams, souls and trance 99
7 Women and blood 119
8 Temiar healers: Shaman and midwives 137
9 Healing performances: Dance-dramas of prevention and cure 152
10 The epic metaphor: The paradox of healing 175
Notes 194
Bibliography 197
Index 203
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