SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Track 8: Mai Huba Pye

Chanting from the mai huba text is essential for any healing ceremony, where medical herbs are burned and the smoke has to be inhaled by the patient. Here, the pachyu shamans describe in song how specific herbs and roots are collected and what healing properties they have.

They address the patient, diagnosing the reason for the disease, and the song also praises Tamu ancestors, since it was the who created medicinal plants in order to heal the living.