Seminar | Music, healing and emotion among the Wana people: a brief introduction
05.03.2020 | 18:00-20:00 | Lisbon | CAN | Room 208
Among the Wana people of Morowali, Central Sulawesi, music serves as a connection between the human world and the hidden world of spirits and emotion. For this reason music has a central role during the momago, the main Wana healing ritual, and the kayori, the funeral, where it makes possible to create a connection between these different worlds. By examining the momago and the kayori, I intend to describe and analyse how music is used by the Wana to heal the members, control emotions, reinforce the sense of community, and mark the cultural death of the community member. We will see how music transforms a negative event in a playful moment that will heal the community and assure its future, leading the living and the dead through critical times. Data have been collected during two fieldworks conducted in 2011 and 2016 and are part of a bigger study on Wana rituality and emotional world. In this paper, we will see how music serves as a ritual marker and transforms the ordinary time into the mythical/ritual time and it permits to heal the patient and the entire community through an emotional catharsis.