Mongolian Music, Dance, and Oral Narrative
Performing Diverse Identities
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This book celebrates the power of music, dance, and oral narrative to create identities by imaginatively connecting performers and audiences with ethnic and political groupings, global and sacred landscapes, histories and heroes, spirits and gods.
- Published: 2001
- Subject Listing: Anthropology; Asian Studies / China
- Bibliographic information: 380 pp., 20 photos, 14 line drawings, maps, 6 x 9 in.
- Series: Donald R. Ellegood International Publications
Three distinct cultural eras of Mongolian society are represented. Many Mongols are now performing publicly the diverse traditions of Old Mongolia that they practiced in private following the communist revolution of 1921; some are perpetuating the Soviet transformations of those traditions introduced prior to 1990; and yet others are dipping their curly-toed boots into new performance arts as they revel in musical encounters on the global stage. By highlighting the sheer variety of repertories, this book illustrates the rich diversity of Mongolia's peoples and performance arts.
An accompanying compact disc contains musical examples linked to the text.
"Dr. Pegg has made full use of what is truly a unique opportunity, by recording performances, interviewing 'practitioners' including even shamanesses (who were thought to have vanished from socialist society) and presenting the recovery of tradition against her analysis of the previous regime's attempts to repudiate its existence."
-Charles Bawden, Emeritus Professor of Mongolian, University of London
Notes on Transliteration, Transcription, and Abbreviations
Musical Examples on CD
Part I. Performing Ethnicity, History and Place
3. Vocal Repertories
4. Instruments and Dances
Part II. Embodying Spiritual Landscapes
5. Folk-Religious Practices
7. Buddhist Performance Traditions
Part III. Creating Sociality, Time, and Space
8. Domestic Celebrations
9. Sport and Play
10. Herding and Hunting
Part IV. Transforming Political Identities
11. A Socialist National Identity
12. Disjunctures and Diversities