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The Musical Gift: Sonic Generosity in Post-War Sri Lanka

Jim Sykes


The Musical Gift tells Sri Lanka’s music history as a story of giving between humans and nonhumans, and between populations defined by ethnic and religious difference. Author Jim Sykes argues that the genres we currently recognize as Sri Lanka’s esteemed traditional musics were not originally about ethnic or religious identity but were gifts to gods intended to foster protection and/or healing. Noting that the currently assumed link between music and identity helped produce the narratives of ethnic difference that drove Sri Lanka’s civil war (1983–2009), Sykes contends that the promotion of hi ... More

Keywords: Sri Lanka, South Asia, sound studies, ethnomusicology, war, reconciliation, ethnicity, ontology, Buddhism, Hinduism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190912024
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190912024.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jim Sykes, author
Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania

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