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Released by earthcds partners.
THE MUSICAL HERITAGE
OF NORTHEAST
THAILAND

Volume 3:
Ritual Voices:
Spririt-Curing Ceremonies,
Rocket Festival
& Buddhist Chant


$17

 

THE MUSICAL HERITAGE OF NORTHEAST THAILAND
VOLUME 3: RITUAL VOICES - Spirit-Curing Ceremonies, Rocket Festival & Buddhist Chant
Released by earthcds partners.
Recorded by Terry Miller
Audio CD: 58 minutes - 9 tracks.

The third CD in the Musical Heritage of Northeast Thailand series, an anthology of field recordings made by Terry Miller between March, 1973, and February, 1974, in various provinces of Northeast Thailand, a mostly Lao-speaking region commonly known as Isan. This is music designed to move spirits: to summon spirits to visit the sick and heal them, to give life anew to the extinguished mortal spirits of those involved in political uprisings, and to penetrate the souls of festival-goers and lift their spirits in collective hope for a good harvest. All of this music was recorded during authentic ritual practices.
Because of rapid economic and social development in this formerly backward region, many of these genres and styles no longer exist or have been transformed into modernized forms very different from those heard on these recordings. Dr. Miller, a reknowned scholar of Thai music, was formerly the head of the ethnomusicology department at Kent State University, and made these recordings while completing his doctoral dissertation fieldwork under the supervision of Prof. Jarernchai Chonpairot of Mahasarakham University.


click to hear streaming samples
1
Thai Theung ceremony
(part 1)
2
Thai Theung ceremony
(part 2)
3
Rocket festival
(instrumental music)
4
Rocket festival
(call & response singing)
5
Lam phifa ritual ceremony
(part 1)
6 Lam phifa ritual ceremony
(part 2)
7 Buddhist Chant
(commencement of service)
8 Buddhist Chant
(spoken word & chants)
9 Buddhist Chant
(chant to memorialize
students killed during
revolutionary demonstration)


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