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date: 14 November 2019

Tematne ’arelocked

  • Raymond Ammann


Tabu aerophone of Ambrym island, Vanuatu. During ceremonies in southwest Malakula, sounds can be heard from faraway in the forest. These are said to be the voices of the spirits. All knowledge about these sounds is tabu to persons who do not belong to certain grades in the local society. Deacon refers to and describes this instrument from a period when the Malakulans were under pressure of the Christian Church to neglect their traditional beliefs. The ...

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