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Singing the VillageMusic, Memory and Ritual among the Sibe of Xinjiang$
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Rachel Harris

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262979

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262979.001.0001

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Remembering the Rituals: Shamans, Temples and Ancestors

Remembering the Rituals: Shamans, Temples and Ancestors

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Singing the Village

Rachel Harris

British Academy

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

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