Thursday, March 6, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
The women of Ligu village performed a village dance and song for us! We've been recording a lot of music on our trip, and you can see one of the women in this photo listening to the performance on headphones. Contact me for a copy of the "India Mix 2007" when I'm back in the states. Dave and I have hours and hours of temple music, village music, and other sounds from the trip.
Thanks to Pilum Ligu and the whole village for hosting us overnight. Other travellers in Arunachal Pradesh, be sure to check out Ligu village! Pilum and others are working on a lodge for travelers, which will be a much more comfortable and interesting place to stay than other hotels in Daporijo.
More about Donyi-Polo religion and efforts to preserve it:
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Oink. Oink. You don't really want to know, do you?
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
When we were in a town called Dirang some guy stopped us and invited us in for tea. As a freelance historian of the area, he videotapes festivals, ceremonies, and monastery activities. He also showed us a video on his cellphone of a human body being chopped into pieces. The pieces were scattered in the river so the fish could eat them.
The night before, he had videotaped priests performing a bon-pu ceremony. Bon-pu is a religion based on nature spirits. It was the traditional religion of the area before lamas from Tibet colonized it. As closet hippies, Dave and I were both very interested.
So we hiked to Rahung to find nature-worshippers. No one in the main village spoke any English, but we did see some horns.
Someone invited us in one of these houses and we had tea. There was no nature worship going on that we could discern, but there was an old man feeding a baby by with chewed rice from his own mouth like mommy birds feed baby birds.
Child scribbles? Religious Hieroglyphs?
Spot the phallic symbol, you perverts!