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Signs of the SpiritMusic and the Experience of Meaning in Ndau Ceremonial Life$
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Tony Perman

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043253

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043253.001.0001

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Music, Experience, Meaning

(p.1) Prologue
Signs of the Spirit

Tony Perman

University of Illinois Press

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.

Keywords:   music, meaning, experience, ethnography

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