Accepted Paper:

Musical related medical practices helping Yi children with aids  


Ga Wu (Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences)

Paper short abstract:

In order to help Yi children with aids or related diseases. The Yi made their modification in their traditional practice in both medicine and music fields which updated their ability to deal with current aids problems.

Paper long abstract:

The Yi traditional music and health care are related, Heroin flow, needle exchange and commercial sex are causing factors for the aids in poor regions of Butuo County, and here Music, photography and painting exhibition were added during the Torch festivals in each year July in order to fight AIDS related illnesses. Special aids preventing topic related drama, opera, dance and, musicals are performed using the Yi music instruments and melody (Yi music rhythm is energetic and powerful. The Yi traditional music with pentatonic, heptatonic, and hexachord scale, with rhythm of tuplet, that involves dividing the beat into a different number of equal subdivisions, with traditional and new standard ornaments and three harmonies. ternary form, usig syncopation music skill, the Yi traditional composers start borrowing from octatonic scale of jazz modern music, and others such as a variety of rhythms of jazz, blues, reggae, hip-hop, electronic dance music, metal music etc, in China, both government and local health workers are now making their co-efforts by both learning and using local Yi traditional health and music knowledge. The goal of this paper is to understand both change and continuity in the Yi health care system.

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Anthropology of music, popular music scenes, performance practices and challenges of the present