Once the darkness is embraced
the MUSICIAN plays a tune.
Can you stand to see Its face?
If so, then trace this Rune
- A flute carved from a sunflower stalk?
- A shaker made with tin can filled with dry beans?
- Two wands that sound pleasant when whacked together?
- Comb with wax paper kazoo?
- Garbage bag bagpipe?
- That thing people do with grass to make a whistle?
Music was incredibly important in Ancient Quatria:
The Quatrians used the same word for music and magic: wa’ata, which paleolinguists believe may derive from an older root meaning “Moving Thingness (2).” The word in Ancient Quatrian for either “magician” or “musician” was wa’taja (pl. watajan); however, prior to the Pantarctican invasion, a number of descriptors were employed depending on location to describe those who had the power of wa’ata.
The ability of musicians to alter emotional states and to enter “Ritual Space” was seen as inseparable from the ability of other watajan. Cursing one’s enemies could involve ritually hexing them with malevolent spirits, or it could involve composing a song-cycle describing their downfall. Conversely, certain healers could, by performing specially written songs, rid one of illness with as much efficacy as others who used herbal remedies. (3)…
We’d all love to hear your music, so share your tune on social media and tag it #13LiminalNights #AllMusicsDay!
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