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Author Blackburn, Stuart H.

Title The sun rises : a shaman's chant, ritual exchange and fertility in the Apatani Valley / by Stuart Blackburn
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 401 pages, 22 pages of plates) : illustrations (chiefly color), maps
Series Brill's Tibetan studies library, 1568-6183 ; v. 16/3
Brill's Tibetan studies library ; v. 16/3
Contents Apatanis and their valley -- The Subu Heniin text -- The Murung festival -- The Nyibu performer -- The Subu Heniin in translation -- Conclusions and the future -- Appendices. Outline of Murung events ; Number of Murungs, 1944/1945-2009 ; Sacrificial shares for spirits and humans ; Transcription of the Subu Heniin ; Mudan Pai's life-history ; Feasts of merit in the extended Eastern Himalayas
Summary At the centre of this study is a shaman's chant performed during a three-week long feast in the eastern Himalayas. The book includes a translation of this 12-hour text chanted in Apatani, a Tibeto-Burman language, and a description of the events that surround it, especially ritual exchanges with ceremonial friends, in which fertility is celebrated. The shaman's social role, performance and ritual language are also described. Although complex feasts, like this one among Apatanis, have been described in northeast India and upland Southeast Asia for more than a century, this is the first book to
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-397) and index
Notes Includes English translation and Romanized Apatani text
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Subject Apatani (Indic people) -- Folklore.
Apatani (Indic people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
Oral tradition -- India -- Apatani Valley.
Apatani Valley (India)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009052762
ISBN 9004175784 (hardback ; alk. paper)
9047429222 (electronic bk.)
9789004175785 (hardback ; alk. paper)
9789047429227 (electronic bk.)