Music, Experience, Meaning
This book pushes past the limits of language to explain how musicking contributes to powerful emotional and spiritual experiences. Emphasis on the ethnographic moment clarifies the impact that the past and the future have on the immediacy of the present. The prologue introduces the ethnographic encounter at the center of the text and addresses three key terms in the book’s title: music, experience, and meaning. These abstract categories do not exist in isolation. There is no meaning without experience, nor music without meaning. The chapters that follow explore how meaning is experienced during Ndau spirit possession ceremonies and shapes emotional life.
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