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World FluteloreFolktales, Myths, and Other Stories of Magical Flute Power$
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Dale A. Olsen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037887

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037887.001.0001

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Socioreligious Status of Flute Musicians

Socioreligious Status of Flute Musicians

(p.166) Chapter 13 Socioreligious Status of Flute Musicians
World Flutelore

Dale A. Olsen

University of Illinois Press

The previous twelve chapters of this book show that in many parts of the world, flutes are not for sissies, and flutists are not sissies; more often, in fact, flutes and flutists are magical, noble, powerful, godlike, and even supernatural entities, as many of the folktales have revealed. This chapter specifically looks at the socioreligious status of flutists in a global context, according to ethnology and mythology. It begins by considering the status of certain musical instruments and musicians in European-derived cultures, about which European-derived individuals seem to claim certain knowledge, although much of it is stereotypical. It then moves on to discuss topics such as flutists as noblemen; flutists as sacrificial victims; and flutists as low-class humans.

Keywords:   flutes, musical instruments, flutists, flute musicians, socioreligious status, noblemen, sacrificial victims, low-class humans

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