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ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL

The Maraa-Ipaddima Ritual Drama in Sri Lanka

Weerakkody, Iranga Samindani

ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL 9 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.30819/aemr.9-5     pp: 65-82     2022-06-27

Stichworte/keywords: Ethnomusicology, Group therapy, Maraa-Ipaddima, Pattini cult, Ritual drama

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Weerakkody, , & Samindani, I. (2022). The Maraa-Ipaddima Ritual Drama in Sri Lanka. ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL, 9 , 65-82. doi:10.30819/aemr.9-5
@article{Weerakkody_2022,
doi = {10.30819/aemr.9-5},
url = {https://doi.org/10.30819/aemr.9-5},
year = 2022,
publisher = {Logos Verlag Berlin},
volume = {9},
pages = {65-82},
author = {Weerakkody, Iranga Samindani},
title = {The Maraa-Ipaddima Ritual Drama in Sri Lanka},
journal = {ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL}
}

Abstract
This article aims to study the ethnomusicological characteristics/expressions of a ritual drama in Sri Lanka that has lacked comprehensive research conducted about it so far; the Maraa-Ipaddima (Killing and Resurrection) ritual drama. This ritual drama is performed in reverence to the Goddess Pattini, who holds a special place in Sri Lankan culture and society for personal and social well-being such as fertility, health, and protection. The study employs a qualitative research method using both primary and secondary sources. The data has been collected through field observations, structured and semi-structured interviews, case study analysis, and literature reviewing. Study outcomes show that the ethnomusicological aspects of the ritual drama are expressed through kavi (poetic verses) sung while performing drama, traditional musical instruments, costumes, dance, and harmony. The study helped to understand the ethnomusicological expression of ritual drama performed, and it is also evident that the musical expressions performed in the ritual drama also work as a treatment in the collective healing of people (catharsis).
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