Opera, Spirit Possession and The Anthropology of Music

Main Entry: THROE
Pronunciation: ˈthrō
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English thrawe, throwe, from Old English thrawu,
thrēa threat, pang; akin to Old High German drawa threat
Date: 13th century

Definition 1: pang, spasm

Definition 2 plural: a hard or painful struggle, “the throes of revolutionary social change” — M. D. Geismar

Here is an excerpt from Gilbert Rouget‘s magnificent example of structuralist anthropological analysis, Music and Trance: A Theory of the Relations between Music and Possession.




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