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Ritual Retellings: Luangan Healing Performances through Practice

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by Isabell Herrman
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Ritual Retellings: Luangan Healing Performances through Practice by Isabell Herrman

Belianis an exceptionally lively tradition of shamanistic curing rituals performed by the Luangans, a politically marginalized population of Indonesian Borneo. This volume explores the significance of these rituals in practice and asks what belian rituals do ??" socially, politically, and existentially ??" for particular people in particular circumstances. Departing from the conception that rituals exist as ethereal, liminal or insulated traditional domains, this volume demonstrates the importance of understanding rituals as emergent within their specific historical and social settings. It offers an analysis of a number of concrete ritual performances, exemplifying a diversity of ritual genres, stylistic modalities and sensual ambiences, from low-key, habitual affairs to drawn-out, crowd-seizing community rituals and innovative, montage-like cultural experiments.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 304
Size: 2.8 MB
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781782385653 (DRM-PDF)

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