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|Title: ||Referencing, Reframing, And (Re)Presenting Grief Through Pop Laments In Toba Batak (North Sumatra, Indonesia)|
|Authors: ||W. Robert Hodges|
|Issue Date: ||6-Apr-2009|
|Abstract (other language): ||The Toba Batak practice of lament singing (andung) has undergone
significant change since it was first documented in the mid 19th century by European colonial
and missionary visitors. Existing primarily as a women’s
domain within the context of funerary mourning rituals,
Toba Batak lament singing has been dramatrically reshaped,
primarily in connection to processes of Westernization
and Christianization during the past 150 years.
This interaction prompted an exchange of musical features which,
from the late 1970s, provided a new context for
the public expression of grief,
namely the Toba Batak populer music industry.
In this paper I address some of the ways
in which the movement from
funerary mourning practice to popular music genre
has impated the conceptual and
perceptual construction of Toba Batak laments.
presenting grief through pop laments
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