Silence and song : a practical-theological exploration of the healing dimensions of music within an Anglican context

Groenewald, Ulric Anton (2021-03-31)

Thesis (MTh)--Stellenbosch University, 2021.

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Sound needs silence and silence calls for sound. This interplay between silence and sound forms part of a hermeneutic of sound, and contributes to the dimensions of healing. The researcher made use of literature (review) study, combined with ethnographic research to explore the healing dimensions of music within an Anglican context. There are similarities between sacred chants and choruses being sung within the South African context, and this research sets out to highlight it. Sacred music creates a liminal experience and this is evident of the referential power vested in music. Music and music therapy contributes to psychological and emotional healing.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Klank benodig stilte, en stilte is afhanklik van klank. Die interaksie tussen stilte en klank maak deel uit van ‘n hermeneutiek van klank, en dit maak ‘n besonderse bydra tot genesing. Die navorser maak gebruik van ‘n literêre studie, gekombineerd met etnografiese navorsing om die genesende dimensies van musiek binne die Anglikaanse konteks te ondersoek. Daar is ooreenstemmings tussen gewyde musiek en koortjies wat gebruik word binne die Suid Afrikaanse konteks. Gewyde musiek skep ‘n liminale ervaring en dis beduidend van die referensiële krag opgesluit in musiek. Musiek en musiek terapie lewer ‘n bydra tot sielkundige en emosionele genesing.

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