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  Singing Siram Ditaan: Composition, Performance and Transmission of Epic Tales of Derato in Brunei Dusun Society  
     
 


Pudarno Binchin

2014

Price $45.00

ISBN 1-929900-17-1

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Table of Contents

 List of Diagrams

List of Maps

List of Tables

List of Photographs

List of Abbreviations

Preface

Preamble

Research Setting

Written Materials on Siram

On Verbal Arts and Oral Performance

Challenges in Handling Brunei Oral Materials

 

PART ONE:   SIRAM  DITAAN AND DUSUN ETHNOGRAPHY

Chapter 1  Dusun Oral Traditions:  Repertoire of oral genres and siram ditaan

Chapter 2  Dusun Ethnicity, Social Organization and Rice Cultivation: From cultural practices to epic tales

Chapter 3  Myths of Origin of Rice and Temarok Beliefs: Backdrop to epic tales of derato

Chapter 4  Basa Balian, the Derato Language

 

PART TWO:  SOCIAL CONTEXT, SIRAM PERFORMANCE AND TRANSMISSION

Chapter 5 Social Context of Siram Performance

Chapter 6

  • Siram Performance, Buwa Siram and Audience
  • The Siram Rhythm and Melody
  • Buwa Siram—Lyrical Phrases in Siram Ditaan Narratives
  • Personalizing the Buwa Siram
  • Siram Ditaan as “Word Music”
  • Siram Ditaan Audience

Chapter 7

  • General Form of Siram Ditaan Narratives
  • Siram-singing Structure
  • Opening formula
  • Utilization of Formulae in Siram Ditaan Narratives
  • Closing formula

Chapter 8

  • Siram Performers
  • The Singers
  • Recruitment, Training, Mentorship and Family Relations
  • Social Roles, Obligations and Rewards

 

PART THREE: SIGNIFICANCE AND MEANINGS

Chapter 9

  • The Significance of Story-telling in Kampong Ukong
  • Siram Ditaan as Social Entertainment
  • Siram Ditaan as Moral Teaching and Philosophical Reflection
  • Siram Ditaan as Collective Memory: Tradition and (Dis)continuity

Chapter 10   Conclusion

  • Siram Ditaan Today: A Reflection

 

References


LIST OF DIAGRAMS

Diagram 1:  Categories of Dusun oral literature

Diagram 2:  Architectural drawings of a typical Dusun alai gayo

Diagram 3:  Dusun sub-division of cosmological spaces

Diagram 4:  Kinship relations of siram singers from KampongUkong, Kampong Sungai Damit Pemadang, Kampong Rambai and Kampong Benutan

LIST OF MAPS

Map 1:  Distribution of Dusun settlements in Brunei Darussalam

Map 2:  Location of hamlets in Kampong Ukong

 

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1:  Dusun place-names of traditional hamlets/alai gayo

Table 2:  List of words from basa balian-derato, basa kadayan, modern Dusun, Malay and English

Table 3:  Siram singer/balian’s multiple roles in Dusun society

 

LIST OF PHOTOGRAPHS

Photo 1:  Yaruh binti Guru singing a siram sindir to a group of elderly ladies; the lady in the middle is the target of sindir

Photo 2:  Ruti binti Bandug with her collection of brass gongs

Photo 3:  Alai gayo of Sungai Damit Pemadang (but demolished in 1988)

Photo 4:  An existing alai gayo located in Kampong Sukang, Belait district

Photo 5:  A performance of temarok berayo, a model of a mystical crocodile made of unhusked rice

Photo 6:  Dangasih singing siram ditaan in 2011with deteriorating memory of some of the siram narratives

Photo 7:  A small dumbak drum (front and rear view)

Photo 8:  Dangasih singing siram ditaan with a small dumbak drum in 2001

 

 
     
   
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