Daily Topic for March 13, 2011
Most people groups love music. For the most part, music is something to be enjoyed. It is a reflection of what is meaningful for a culture. However, it can also become something far more beautiful when it is used as an expression of love for our Creator!
Pray that soon the Tuvin people will use their unique musical abilities to express praise and worship of their loving Creator.
The Tuvin boys chase each other in a boisterous game of tag. Suddenly one cries out, “Stop! Shhh! I can hear them, they’re coming!” The other boys stand still. “You’re right, the minstrels are coming. Let’s run back to the village. We’ll be the first to greet them.”
The boys have long looked forward to seeing the traveling minstrels. Every few weeks, they come with stories, poems and songs. The Tuvins’ unique specialty is khomeii, also known as throat-singing. Tuvin vocalists are capable of singing two notes at the same time, one high-pitched and one a low drone. Tuvin villagers love to hold impromptu singing contests, and their annual throat-singing competition is a festive event.
Although they have been traditionally shamanists, today some Tuvins are Buddhist and a growing number are “non-religious.” In times of trouble, however, most Tuvins will resort to ancient shamanistic practices and rituals. According to Ulya Mongush, a Tuvin believer who is a former Buddhist, the people believe that most of the spirits are evil and must be appeased with animal sacrifices. Sometimes a shaman may drum, chant and burn juniper incense to help them enter a trance and communicate with the spirits. When a person is ill, the shaman will enter a trance and chase the evil spirit away from the person’s body.
The JESUS Film has been translated into the Tuvin language and distributed.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Tuvins will one day say with the psalmist, “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God” (Ps 40:3).