Babaylan Sing Back: Philippine Shamans and Voice, Gender and Place
Grace Nono's Babaylan Sing Back: Philippine Shamans and Voice, Gender and Place offers rich theoretical and empirical material on the Philippine babaylan, ritual healing, and Southeast Asian shamanism.
"Babaylan Sing Back is an outstanding analysis of the complex and ethically ambiguous nexus of decolonialism, gender, class, and academia. It is also an honest investigation of the sometimes-fraught tensions between the urban middle class newcomers to the traditional and rural practitioners. Drawing on bell hook's concept of "talking back," Nono's frame of "singing back" gets right to the Native agency that contests hegemonic discourse about ritual specialists."- Andrew Mcgraw, University of Richmond, Virginia
Grace Nono is an ethnomusicologist and interdisciplinary scholar. She is also a singer of Philippine oral chants and founder of the Tao Foundation for Culture and Arts, a Philippine non-profit organization dedicated to cultural revitalization. Her published work on the topic includes The Shared Voice: Chanted and Spoken Narratives from the Philippines (2008); Song of the Babaylan: Living Voices, Medicines, Spiritualities of Philippine Ritualist-Oralist-Healers (2013), and this book, Babaylan Sing Back: Philippine Shamans and Voice, Gender, and Place (2021).
Ateneo de Manila University Press, Philippines
Philippine Edition, 2023
Softcover / 9 x 6 inches / 239 pages / BW