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Trance Mediums and New MediaSpirit Possession in the Age of Technical Reproduction$
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Heike Behrend, Anja Dreschke, and Martin Zillinger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823253807

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823253807.001.0001

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Media Transformations: Music, Goddess Embodiment, and Politics in Western Orissa/India

Media Transformations: Music, Goddess Embodiment, and Politics in Western Orissa/India

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(p.171) Media Transformations: Music, Goddess Embodiment, and Politics in Western Orissa/India
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Trance Mediums and New Media
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Lidia Guzy

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823253807.003.0009

The paper investigates the characteristics of music as medium of social, religious and political messages. The music of the ganda baja village orchestras played by marginalised musicians represents local notions of the utterances of different goddesses in the Bora Sambar region of western Orissa. This ritual music is intrinsically linked to goddess embodiment and trance mediums. At the same time, ganda baja is deeply interrelated with the socio-cultural hierarchy of the caste system and with recent political transformation processes. The paper aims at analysing music as a crucial cultural medium of ritual and mass communication mediating sacred and social, individual and collective change and creativity.

Keywords:   Lidia Guzy, India, Subaltern, Tance, Spirit possession, Media, Ritual, Folklore

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