This article explores the sounds, symbols, and metaphors at the center of the maddâh aesthetic. The ritual performance of Badakhshani devotional music relies on the creation and maintenance of a spiritual sound ideal, which resides at the nexus of performance. Maddâh is the preeminent genre of devotional music among the Isma'itis of Tajik Badakhshan. Symbols and metaphors from the genre, local religious belief and cosmology, as well as the natural and built environments, interact to create the spiritual aesthetic necessary to achieve the goals of maddâh. Performers and listeners aim to embody the meaning inherent in maddâh, and to carry the spiritual aesthetic from the performative, sacred space of the maddâhkhane into daily activities.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||World of Music|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
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