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Beyond the Roof of the WorldMusic, Prayer, and Healing in the Pamir Mountains$
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Benjamin D. Koen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367744.001.0001

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Soundscape and Musical—Spiritual Entrainment

Soundscape and Musical—Spiritual Entrainment

(p.93) 4 Soundscape and Musical—Spiritual Entrainment
Beyond the Roof of the World

Benjamin D Koen

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 further expands the ethnography by providing a broader frame of the soundscape in the country and the region of Badakhshan, investigating specifically the chanting of a dervish in the Green Bazaar, a dombra (dotar) street musician, lament, and the music genres of falak, dargilik, dodoik, bulbulik, and lalaik—genres which convey familial love, separation and reunion, and the love of God, separation and reunion with the Beloved. Entrainment is introduced as another culture-transcendent dynamic implicated in music, prayer, poetry, and healing and its local manifestation is explored. Holistic embodiment, coined as embeingment, builds upon local beliefs where a spiritual reality is central to the Badakhshani ‘sacred clinical reality’; and processes of entrainment are explored in the context of maddâh, falak, and the natural environment.

Keywords:   soundscape, entrainment, dervish, dombra, dotar, embodiment, embeingment, poetry, falak, lament, love

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