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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:55067
Doc. No:TL25021
Call number:‭3325860‬
Main Entry:Sooi Ling Tan
Title & Author:Transformative worship among the Salako in Sarawak, MalaysiaSooi Ling Tan
College:Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Intercultural Studies
Date:2008
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2008
Page No:301
Abstract:This study examines the patterns, dynamics and appropriate contextual expressions of transformative worship among the Salako of Sarawak, Malaysia. The study shows that in worship, there is a transformative cycle that has three phases: come-commune-renew, with all three phases being essential for authentic transformation. The way of transformative worship is to remain in step and in tune with God and with the context. Transformation is also enhanced through contextually appropriate music-making styles and instruments that are syncretic and popular. In Part I, I lay the groundwork by first introducing the Salako people, an indigenous sub-group of the Bidayuh located in the southern tip of Sarawak. Their primary religion is folk. Second, three sequences of transformation: rites of passage, logic of transformation and the golden sequence of prayer are discussed. All three sequences have three phases: the preliminal phase of separation and preparation; liminal phase of encounter with the supernatural and the postliminal phase of reincorporation. In Part II, I establish the biblical premise of transformative worship. A cycle of worship with a three-phase sequence of orientation-disorientation-reorientation is present in the psalms. New Testament worship takes place in the realm of the spirit and is premised on truth. Worship expressed in the New Testament churches, contain themes that emphasize the lordship of Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection and community and has both fixed and spontaneous forms. Following, in Part III, two comparative case studies of the music ritual of the Salako folk and Christian Gawai (Harvest Festival) reveal that transformative worship incorporates both Salako and biblical themes such as accessibility to God, the sovereignty of God, and sacrifice as a dominant symbol. In particular, the use of syncretic and popular music making styles in music rituals and worship has contributed to the revitalization of Salako culture and identity, thereby impacting community transformation. From conversations with Salako worshippers, the dynamics of transformative worship such as coming to God in prayer and praise, encountering God in liminal worship, and a release of power to act, are gleaned. The conclusion presents implications and practical guidelines for developing transformative Salako worship.
Subject:Philosophy, religion and theology; Worship; Salako; Transformation; Music; Liminality; Sarawak; Malaysia; Religion; 0318:Religion
Added Entry:R. R. King
Added Entry:Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Intercultural Studies