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Title: SD1-005
Issue Date: 05 Feb 2015
Description: Genre: Custom (adat, about). Title: Tu de'u. Lakimosa Bangu, of kampong and domain Woto, tells about the main, most important, ceremony in his and the neighbouring domains; Tu de'u (to expel rats). It is a large scale ritual aimed at controlling the rat population of the whole island, and it is only performed about once every ten years or more often. A few rats are caught and kept in bamboo containers until the peak of the ceremonies when they are put on a canoe and led out toward the open sea by other canoes, until a whale pops up, and they are set free, to go where the currents take them. Recorded with an AT2020 mic in the home of Lakimosa Bangu, kampong Woto, early afternoon 5 Feb 2015, on my first visit to Woto. I came with Petrus Tanga whom I had talked to and recorded a few days earlier. We were about a dozen people chatting outside for a couple of hours, getting to know each other, and waiting for lakimosa Bangu to recover from a night of ritual wake with much palm gin. Present inside the living room were Bangu (narrator), SD (recording), Sawer Raga and Petrus Tanga. Portrait in SD1-003.
Pages/Duration: 0:05:51
Appears in Collections:Stefan Danerek Collection - Palu'e Audio

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