OLAC Record

Description:There are different levels of ritual performances. Among them, Kheh Naut is the highest ritual performance surpassing Khun Naut, Khun Shao, Khun Woat, Khun Ar, and Khun Yu. Kheh Naut must be celebrated over three days. At least three, but sometimes up to six shamans are required to conduct this ritual. The head shaman must remain indoors for the entire time and may not leave his temporary tent. All helper shamen cannot enter the tent but must stay close at hand to offer assistance if needed. In this interview, the shaman explains that he no longer possess a Bow, the ritual necklace made of bells, tiger claws, crocodile teeth, and bear teeth that is needed to conduct Kheh Naut. He explains that he learned the ceremony from his uncle who had a Bow but unfortunately this Bow was stolen by a Buddhist monk so he is not able to perform this highest of ceremonies. The interviewer is trying to persuade the shaman to make a new Bow for himself so he can conduct the Kheh Nawt performance. The shaman explains that in order to make a Bow and conduct the ceremony, he needs to get the agreement of his first cousins from his father’s side. In addition to agreeing to make a new Bow, the cousins would be required to accompany him every time a Kheh Nawt performance is conducted. He explains that all his cousins and brothers have converted to Christianity or Buddhism so they would not agree to make a new Bow. Because he has never conducted this performance as the head shaman before, and because he cannot get the support of his family members, he is very hesitant to agree. The team continues to encourage him to chant the words without performing the actual ceremony. He finally agrees to demonstrate a very small portion of the ceremonial chants. However, the full complement of chants still only represents 20% of the entire ceremony. He demonstrates some partial chanting, but he was hesitant and clearly nervous. Later, he told the interviewer that during the next night he had a long dream in which he communicated with the spirits. During Kheh Nawt performance there is special dance performance called Shaloi, during which the shaman wears a peacock feather on his head. Shaloi is best translated into “the hero’s dance.” During the dance, a wild ox is sacrificed, while at the same time, the assistants to the shaman play cymbals loudly, blow on a buffalo horns, play flutes, and beat drums to accompany his ceremonial Shaloi dance.
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1230641%23
Sumtu Chin language
Chin, Sumtu
Subject (ISO639):csv


Archive:  Endangered Languages Archive
Description:  http://www.language-archives.org/archive/soas.ac.uk
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OAI Info

OaiIdentifier:  oai:soas.ac.uk:MPI1230641
DateStamp:  2018-09-25
GetRecord:  OAI-PMH request for simple DC format

Search Info

Citation: n.a. 2015-12-17. Endangered Languages Archive.
Terms: area_Asia country_MM iso639_csv

Inferred Metadata

Country: Myanmar
Area: Asia

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