Remembering the Rituals: Shamans, Temples and Ancestors

Rachel Harris

in Singing the Village

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780197262979
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734717 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Remembering the Rituals: Shamans, Temples and Ancestors

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This chapter examines the ritual practice of the Sibe people in Çabçal before Liberation. It discusses the double layer of social remembering through contemporary story-telling about the performed practices of the past and highlights the dominance of shamans and rituals in memories of village life. The chapter describes some observations about animated retellings of shaman stories, discussions of the details of ritual practice, and the re-singing of shamanic ritual songs. It suggests that shamanic rituals in the Sibe villages were and are powerful experiences in people's lives, re-lived and constantly embellished in retelling.

Keywords: ritual practice; Sibe people; Çab çal; shamans; village life; ritual songs

Chapter.  12674 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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