Singing the Village: Music, Memory and Ritual Among the Sibe of Xinjiang

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OUP/British Academy, 23. 12. 2004 - 227 strán (strany)
The Sibe are an immigrant group, Qing dynasty bannermen who made a three-year "long march" from Manchuria in the 18th century to serve as a border garrison in the newly conquered Western Regions of the Qing Chinese empire. They preserved their military structure and a discrete identity in the multi-ethnic region of Xinjiang and are now officially recognised as an ethnic minority nationality under the People's Republic. They are known in China today as the last speakers of the Manchu language, and as preservers of their ancient traditions. This study of their music culture reveals not fossilised tradition but a shifting web of borrowings, assimilation and retention. Singing the Village is a readable, anthropologically interesting and musically informed account of culture and performance in the Chinese region of Xinjiang. The book approaches musical and ritual life in this ethnically diverse region through an understanding of society in terms of negotiation, practice and performance. It explores the relations between shamanism, song and notions of externality and danger, bringing recent theories on shamanism to bear on questions of the structural and affective powers of ritual music. It focuses on the historical demands of identity, boundary maintenance and creation among the Sibe, and on the role of musical performance in maintaining popular memory, and it discusses the impact of state policies of the Chinese Communist Party on village musical and ritual life. Singing the Village draws on a wide range of Chinese, Sibe-Manchu language sources, and oral sources including musical recordings and interviews gathered in the course of fieldwork in Xinjiang. It includes musical transcriptions, glossaries of Sibe-Manchu and Chinese terms, and is accompanied by a free CD which includes 30 original field recordings.
 

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Talai ucun 440 pp 60 85 106 Yu Mei vocals
7
30 p 93 Limei
10
Sibe History and Society
16
Danji Aqsu and Shuangji Aqsu 055 p 65 Jiagar dombur
23
Sibe Music
48
Memories of Music Memories through Music
83
Shamans Temples and Ancestors
125
Folk Music and the Modern State
156
Postscript
194
Glossary of Sibe Terms
201
Discography
224
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