Beyond the Roof of the World: Music, Prayer, and Healing in the Pamir Mountains

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Abstract

In the Pamir Mountain region of Tajikistan, special genres of music and prayer are performed to facilitate healing. Each genre has unique functions in Pamiri culture and specific effects on patients, which can be viewed as preventive and/or curative in nature. Koen explores maddah devotional music, and its role in healing among maddah performers and participants in Pamir.

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  • Alternative medicine
  • Badakhshan
  • Complementary medicine
  • Health and healing
  • Integrative medicine
  • Medical ethnomusicology
  • Spirituality
  • Tajikistan

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  • Benjamin D. Koen

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