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Encounters with Deities for Exchange: The Performance of Kavalan and Amis Shamanic Chants

Liu Pi-Chen.

Shama,Vol. 19, Nos. 1-2, 2011.

Abstract (English) :

Why should we analyze shamanic chants and regard them as a social
phenomenon, observing them in the totality of society? Today, the rate at
which such chants are disappearing or being innovated is quite astonishing.
In some places they have gone forever, while in others they have been
revived. Are those societies in which shamanic chants still circulate subject
to some special law or obligation that imposes on shamans the need
to keep on chanting? What special power and metaphors does chanting
itself display? In this article I attempt to answer these and other questions
in the context of shamanic performance among the indigenous Kavalan
and Amis peoples of Taiwan.

Mots-clés :

Kavalan, Amis, Taiwanese aborigines, Tribal, Chants, Shaman

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