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Dancing Prophets: Musical Experience in Tumbuka Healing (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology)

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For the Tumbuka people of Malawi, traditional medical practices are saturated with music. In this groundbreaking ethnography, Steven M. Friedson explores a health care system populated by dancing prophets, singing patients, and drummed spirits.

Tumbuka healers diagnose diseases by enacting divination trances in which they "see" the causes of past events and their consequences for patients. Music is the structural nexus where healer, patient, and spirit meetand#8212;it is the energizing heat that fuels the trance, transforming both the bodily and social functioning of the individual. Friedson shows how the sound of the ng'oma drum, the clapping of the choir, call-and-response singing, and the jangle of tin belts and iron anklets do not simply accompany other more important ritual activitiesand#8212;they are the very substance of a sacred clinical reality.

This novel look at the relation between music and mental and biological health will interest medical anthropologists, Africanists, and religious scholars as well as ethnomusicologists.

Synopsis:

For the Tumbuka people of Malawi, traditional medical practices are saturated with music. In this groundbreaking ethnography, Steven M. Friedson explores a health care system populated by dancing prophets, singing patients, and drummed spirits.

Tumbuka healers diagnose diseases by enacting divination trances in which they "see" the causes of past events and their consequences for patients. Music is the structural nexus where healer, patient, and spirit meet--it is the energizing heat that fuels the trance, transforming both the bodily and social functioning of the individual. Friedson shows how the sound of the ng'oma drum, the clapping of the choir, call-and-response singing, and the jangle of tin belts and iron anklets do not simply accompany other more important ritual activities--they are the very substance of a sacred clinical reality.

This novel look at the relation between music and mental and biological health will interest medical anthropologists, Africanists, and religious scholars as well as ethnomusicologists.

About the Author

Steven M. Friedson is Distinguished Research Professor of Music and Anthropology at the University of North Texas and the author of Dancing Prophets: Musical Experience in Tumbuka Healing.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgments

Note on Orthography

Introduction: Ethnography as Possibility

1: To Dance and To Dream

2: God, Humans, and Spirits

3: Blood and Spirit: The Chilopa Sacrifice

4: The Musical Construction of Clinical Reality

5: In the Vimbuza Mode

6: Conclusion: An Ontology of Energy

Epilogue

Appendix A: Glossary of Vimbuza Spirits

Appendix B: Vimbuza Rhythmic Mottos

Appendix C: Vimbuza Song Texts

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226265018
Author:
Friedson, Steven M.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Treatment
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Healing
Subject:
Tumbuka (african tribe)
Subject:
Tumbuka (African people) -- Music.
Subject:
Tumbuka (African people)
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Publication Date:
19960831
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 halftones, 4 figures
Pages:
260
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology

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For the Tumbuka people of Malawi, traditional medical practices are saturated with music. In this groundbreaking ethnography, Steven M. Friedson explores a health care system populated by dancing prophets, singing patients, and drummed spirits.

Tumbuka healers diagnose diseases by enacting divination trances in which they "see" the causes of past events and their consequences for patients. Music is the structural nexus where healer, patient, and spirit meet--it is the energizing heat that fuels the trance, transforming both the bodily and social functioning of the individual. Friedson shows how the sound of the ng'oma drum, the clapping of the choir, call-and-response singing, and the jangle of tin belts and iron anklets do not simply accompany other more important ritual activities--they are the very substance of a sacred clinical reality.

This novel look at the relation between music and mental and biological health will interest medical anthropologists, Africanists, and religious scholars as well as ethnomusicologists.

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