2005_11_15rev - Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses...

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Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses Tuesday, 15 November 2005 Reading Dream Songs and Healing Sounds in the Rainforests of Malaysia , Smithsonian Folkways. Marina Roseman, Healing Sounds from the Malaysian Rainforest: Temiar Music and Medicine, ch. 4, pp. 80-128. How do gender roles manifest in the Temiar? What is the rationale behind the power differentials and the appropriate spheres for men and women? [program crashes – loss of a large chunk of text] Roseman opens her book with the idea that the Temiar are egalitarian, but then says there men have more access to ritual and power. There is a surface egalitarianism, as is evident in decisions regarding marriage, inheritance, and locality but Roseman argues that men are privileged in becoming mediums. But women can play pivotal roles too – such as in the female chorus or as the influential role of the wife of the medium. Access to public space determines access to ritual power and the ability to connect with spirit guides (see last pages of chapter). Roseman’s analysis is similar to Desjarlais’ – how for the only certain people can be shamans or mediums, how language is used, and how both shamans and mediums act as
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