“Little <i>Jolmo</i> Bird in the Willow Grove”

Keila Diehl

in Echoes from Dharamsala

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230439
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936003 | DOI:
“Little Jolmo Bird in the Willow Grove”

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This chapter examines how the lyrics of modern Tibetan songs communicate to Tibetan audiences. It argues that the lyrics of modern Tibetan songs contribute significantly and diversely to the ways Tibetan audiences listen to this music. This is because these songs are sacred sounds that index the holiness of the Tibetan language, secular sounds associated with the political and cultural struggles of the community and they are also carriers of meaningful semantic information.

Keywords: modern Tibetan songs; lyrics; music; sacred sounds; Tibetan language; political struggles; cultural struggles; semantic information

Chapter.  10780 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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