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Auspicious Music in a Changing Society: The Damai .. Author:Carol Tingey
Nepal, a country as diverse demographically as it is topographically, is populated by over thirty culturally and linguistically distinct ethnic groups. Damais occupy a unique place within this immense cultural diversity. The Damai are thought to be an auspicious caste in Nepal who are professional musicians while their supplementary caste occupation is tailoring. Panchai baja is played exclusively by the Damai who also provide indispensable ritual services. The uses of Panchai baja is diverse. It is a fundamental requirement for all Hindu rites of passage such as wedding and the sacred thread investiture ceremony for young, high?caste boys, vratabandha. The temple commitments of Damai include providing music for the daily pujas, during blood sacrifices and for other ritual acts on behalf of the presiding deity, and for ritual processions of deities during festivals. This book aims at covering all aspects of the Damai musicians, their musical instruments, their history and an indepth & explicit study of their auspicious music of Nepal.
Publication: Number of Pages: 104 ISBN: 99937-10-04-9