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Contributors:Pidhu Sophune (speaker)
Sosu, Mansuetus, (Danerek, H. Stefan) (recorder)
Danerek, H. Stefan (researcher)
Danerek, H. Stefan (depositor)
Ratu, Hilarius (consultant)
Date Issued:05 Oct 2015
Description:Genre: Medicine/huru. Pidhu Sopune (Ebbe) recorded by Mansuetus Sosu, former village head, with the AT2020 mic at the recording workshop 5 Oct -15 at Mansuesus Sosu's home, just after midday (Ebbe left after the recording). The workshop got started late, we had food, were interrupted by guests and so on, but it was done. Pidhu tells all about his inherited 'huru'; it is a long 'huru' recording, and a good one. It is original in that it uses pig jaw, both in the sign/prohibition hung in the fruit tree (coco nut) and in the cure with chewed areca nut and piper betel ('ngiru'). He first cuts the bark from the coconut tree with a machete. Then he cuts a branch from the coconut tree and braids a small box. Put the bark inside the box, wrapped in a maize leaf together with five paddy grains. Then he ties the pig jaw with 'waju' (tree) inside the box. Then he cuts bamboo (hao 'sanggene' (the small stairs/branches?), and adds to the contents (all together). Then he ('base kaju' and) hangs it in the tree. After this he utters his 'bhulu wa'o' prayer and curse, so that if somebody steals his coconuts he/she will fall ill. Sosu then asks Pidhu how he cures the person who has fallen ill? Pidhu says he uses 'kaliraga' root, 'seku' (kencur) root, (coconut oil, used separately!) and scrapes the pig jaw. Mix it all in a coconut shell with chewed areca nut and piper betel, then rub it on the jaw – the jaw is swollen and aches (symptom, because of the pig jaw). Pidhu also tells how he makes coconut oil, specially prepared and spoken to. He uses this oil in addition to the chewed mixture, and rubs it on the jaw, or neck and armpit; where it aches. The sight of the pig jaw is intimidating, he said once. Photo.
Appears in Collections: Stefan Danerek Collection - Palu'e Audio

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