Riddum: The Voice of Ancestors Author:MARATINO NICOLETTI
One day, the aged shaman Sancha Prasad Rai told me the
story of his poople. The story that even today the elders of
the Kulunge Rai tribe hand down orally from grnerations to geranations, under the name of riddum.
This story starts a long, long time ago. It begins before all the objects that surround us were manifest in their infinite variety, and even before human beings appeared on the face of the Earth.
For the Kulunge Rai, the ridum is the sacred tale describing the origin of the cosmos, of nature and the living beings that populate it. Expounded using the formula of a specific ritual language, the riddum is narrated whenever an important religious ritual is celebrated.