By Benjamin D. Koen

Whereas Western medication has conventionally separated tune, technological know-how, and faith into unique entities, conventional cultures in the course of the global have constantly seen tune as a bridge that connects the actual with the non secular. Now, as humans in even the main technologically complex countries around the globe fight with acquiring cheap and trustworthy healthcare insurance, an increasing number of everyone is turning to those historical cultural practices of ICAM therapeutic (integrative, complementary, and replacement medicine).

With Beyond the Roof of the World, Dr. Benjamin D. Koen reveals 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 often called 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, health and wellbeing and therapeutic. For the 1st time, Koen bridges the frequent hole among ethnomusicology and song treatment. Koen's broad examine and emersion into the Badakhstan tradition offers the reader with an "insider" standpoint whereas conserving an "observer's" view, as he infuses the textual content with suitable scholarship.

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Such specialized music almost always emerges from a spiritual or religious ontology, a ritual or ceremonial practice. Moreover, such healing music is often combined with or functions as prayer or meditation, and constitutes a preventive and/or curative practice within a broader complex of local medical practices. These practices often include a combination of biomedical, naturopathic, and traditional approaches. Medical, Cognitive, and Applied Ethnomusicology This book draws from a wide-ranging, ongoing research program begun in 1998 positioned within the burgeoning area of medical ethnomusicology.

Each sphere rotates, revolves, spins, and swirls independently, yet a complementary relationship can be sensed between the two, because, after all, they are really one. The spheres move in variable tempos and directions, the dynamics of the interaction between and within them illustrating the complex nature of their relationship. Further, imagine that when an effectual relationship is created between individual factors, for instance, between the psychological factor of music and the physical factor of health, a link or thread is illumined where this occurs.

Combined music and prayer refers to the combination of recited prayer and music. In this category, the music and prayer can be separated from each other without any qualitative difference resulting in either component—nevertheless, the combination of the two is unique from the performance of either alone. Broadly, prayer can be viewed as “an expression of the prayor’s relationship to a Higher power” (Larson et al. 1998, 108) or a spiritual dialogue or request. Common categories of prayer include spontaneous, free form or colloquial; 36 beyond the roof of the world formal, written or ritualistic; petitionary, which includes requests for healing, forgiveness, assistance, qualities, virtues and attributes; intercessory, prayer on behalf of another or praying for someone to intercede on one’s own behalf; and praise and thanksgiving (see Schimmel 1975; Dossey 1994; Larson et al.

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