Beyond the Roof of the World: Music, Prayer, and Healing in by Benjamin D. Koen

By Benjamin D. Koen

Whereas Western medication has conventionally separated track, technology, and faith into precise entities, conventional cultures in the course of the international have continuously considered track as a bridge that connects the actual with the religious. Now, as humans in even the main technologically complex countries around the globe fight with acquiring reasonable and trustworthy healthcare insurance, a growing number of everyone is turning to those historic cultural practices of ICAM therapeutic (integrative, complementary, and replacement medicine).

With Beyond the Roof of the World, Dr. Benjamin D. Koen finds the Western separation of therapeutic from non secular and musical practices as a culturally decided phenomenon, and proves the relevance of clinical ethnomusicology in gentle of the globally spreading ICAM therapeutic practices. utilizing the tradition stumbled on in the towering Pamir Mountains of Badakhshan Tajikistan, in a spot poetically referred to as the Roof of the area, because the paradigm of ICAM therapeutic, Koen exhibits spirituality and musicality to be in detail intertwined with one's actual existence, healthiness and therapeutic. For the 1st time, Koen bridges the frequent hole among ethnomusicology and tune remedy. Koen's large examine and emersion into the Badakhstan tradition presents the reader with an "insider" standpoint whereas holding an "observer's" view, as he infuses the textual content with appropriate scholarship.

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However, life among the diverse peoples of this vast and ancient region is best described, not by Soviet-era political constructs or national demarcations, but as a rich and dynamic mosaic of cultures, linked by practices and beliefs that transcend geopolitical borders. Indeed, recognizing the interaction and confluence of cultures throughout these and neighboring countries is an essential starting point when considering the music of any region along the Silk Road (see further Levin, 2002, 895–7).

Moreover, the role of culture in the dynamics of neuroplasticity is key and much can be learned from diverse cultural manifestations of cognitive flexibility and neuroplasticity (see, for example, Nisbett 2003, and Doidge 2007). One striking example of survival can be found in the experience of Moken sea nomads who live in the area of the Indian Ocean where the devastating tsunami hit on December 26, 2004. Although hundreds of thousands were killed in that tragedy, it was widely reported that all the Moken survived.

A typical example of this can be seen in how we respond emotionally to different human voices. The tone quality of the voice is best described in terms of timbre, which is the perceived quality of sound expressed in the shape of a sound’s physical waveform. Different waveforms, which are literally the forms of sound waves propagated through the air, illustrate the quality of a sound—whether a sound is dark, bright, deep, shallow, breathy, sharp, nasal, open, closed, or any number of other qualities.

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