A Multisensorial Affective Ecology of Sonic Worship: The Sikh Sacred Song Culture
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Kaur, I. N. (2020). A Multisensorial Affective Ecology of Sonic Worship: The Sikh Sacred Song Culture. MUSICultures, 46(2), 109 - 134. Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/MC/article/view/30492

Abstract

In this paper, I investigate the ecology of multiple sensorial activities associated with a listening practice to analyze its affective and epistemic implications. Ethnographically drawing from Sikh sonic worship, I explore the role of the aural, ocular, tactile, gustatory, and olfactory, and propose that the resulting mutuality between bodies, human and non-human, invigorates and sustains this affective ecology and its epistemic potential. My ethnographic analysis contributes to the growing recognition in ethnomusicology of multisensorial integration in perception and its significance in meaning and knowledge making.

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