This article discusses the crucial role of music played by non-Brahmin religious specialists in multi-ethnic and inter-communal interactions of local categories in the Bora Sambar region of Western Odisha, India. The particular ritual musical traditions display a local multi-ethnic pattern of ritual inter-communal communication as well as the crucial role of music and sound within the local indigenous ontologies of spiritual liberation especially visible in rituals of mourning, memory and healing. A local society is revealed through its musical patterns, concepts and diverse categories of musicians. In Bora Sambar musicians act as ritual specialists responsible for spiritual, social and cultural transformation processes.
Lidia Guzy: Music and Non-Brahmin Priests of the Bora Sambar Region in Western Odisha, pp. 17-38
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