Demons of dust and Gods of boiled rice: Shamanism and ephemeral ritual art in the Himalayas

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/292278
Title:
Demons of dust and Gods of boiled rice: Shamanism and ephemeral ritual art in the Himalayas
Authors:
Nicoletti, Martino
Abstract:
Some recent researches carried out in the fields of Himalayan ethnography and anthropology of art have enlightened about the very artistic and aesthetical elements related to the shamanic rituals of this specific area. In this context, some specific ritual artefacts – comprising drawings and aniconic three-dimensional objects created according to the personal imagination of the shaman and specific rules handed down orally – play a central role in most shamanic liturgical séances. These artefacts are commonly employed as temporary receptacles for the invisible beings evoked during the ritual, as well as a symbolic representation of the shamanic cosmos. In accordance with their specific functions and meanings, these ritual objects – usually made of perishable material such as coloured powders, paper, wood, fruit or comestible paste, appropriately moulded – are very often unequivocally characterized by their ephemeral status: created at the beginning of the ritual performance they are usually destroyed during the execution of the rite itself or at the very end.
Affiliation:
University of Derby, School of Art and Design
Publisher:
Assumption University, Bangkok
Journal:
Asian Journal of Literature, Culture and Society - Assumption University, Bangkok (ACSA Conference Special Issue), 05, n. 03: 128-48
Issue Date:
2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/292278
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
D-Marc

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorNicoletti, Martinoen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-17T08:05:19Z-
dc.date.available2013-05-17T08:05:19Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/292278-
dc.description.abstractSome recent researches carried out in the fields of Himalayan ethnography and anthropology of art have enlightened about the very artistic and aesthetical elements related to the shamanic rituals of this specific area. In this context, some specific ritual artefacts – comprising drawings and aniconic three-dimensional objects created according to the personal imagination of the shaman and specific rules handed down orally – play a central role in most shamanic liturgical séances. These artefacts are commonly employed as temporary receptacles for the invisible beings evoked during the ritual, as well as a symbolic representation of the shamanic cosmos. In accordance with their specific functions and meanings, these ritual objects – usually made of perishable material such as coloured powders, paper, wood, fruit or comestible paste, appropriately moulded – are very often unequivocally characterized by their ephemeral status: created at the beginning of the ritual performance they are usually destroyed during the execution of the rite itself or at the very end.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherAssumption University, Bangkoken_GB
dc.subjectShamanismen_GB
dc.subjectArten_GB
dc.titleDemons of dust and Gods of boiled rice: Shamanism and ephemeral ritual art in the Himalayasen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derby, School of Art and Designen_GB
dc.identifier.journalAsian Journal of Literature, Culture and Society - Assumption University, Bangkok (ACSA Conference Special Issue), 05, n. 03: 128-48en_GB
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