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Songs and Sorrow in Tanjung Bunga  Music and the Myth of the Origin of Rice (Lamaholot, Flores, Indonesia)

Songs and Sorrow in Tanjung Bunga Music and the Myth of the Origin of Rice (Lamaholot, Flores, Indonesia)

Bijdragen tot de taaal-, land- en volkendunde/Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia

2014, Dana Rappoport, 170/2-3
Brill,  [2014], 215-249 p.

The songs of Tanjung Bunga (Flores, Indonesia) refer in their lyrics to the myth of the origin of rice. This myth, sung several times a year, recalls the loss of a young sister who sacrificed herself so that her body would be transformed into rice to feed her people. Studying the lyrics along with the behaviour and verbalized reactions of the singers offers insight into how these songs intensify sorrow. Two groups of songs are studied, those pertaining to the myth of the origin of rice, and those pertaining to the myth of Siamese twins.


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