Interview with high priestess Ima Bobby

Title:
Interview with high priestess Ima Bobby
ID:
Bobby_Interview
Level:
Bundle
Genre:
Discourse
Description:
Interview with Ima Bobby Bundle filenames • Media files: NupAmaibi_Ameilon_05012017_interview_Bobby1_639-3.MP4 NupAmaibi_Ameilon_01012017_INF_CONS_Bobby_639-3.MP4 • Elan file BobbyInterview1.eaf • Pdf file NupAmaibi_Ameilon_05012017_interview_Bobby1_639-3.pdf Basic metadata Date of recording: 5th January, 2017 Location: Chingmeirong (Bobby’s temple), Imphal Participants: Ima Bobby Others present: Karen, Ibehaibi Yambem (Bobby’s sister) Description: In this interview with Ima Bobby Amaibi, she details some of her life story pertaining to her becoming as a priestess. As is common in all the stories of the gender-diverse priestesses (Nupa Amaibi), Ima Bobby talks of herself becoming physically ill and apparently babbling in a language undecipherable by her parents at around the age of reaching puberty (interestingly, this does not occur for the cisgender priestesses, the Nupi Amaibi). She also talks about the food restrictions for the Amaibi. Later in the interview, Ima Bobby shares her experiences of discrimination, and the misunderstandings that have arisen from those who suspect the Amaibi to be practicing sorcery. It becomes clear from the interview that the cisgender priestesses are preferred for the purposes of enacting rituals and cultural events in some villages, while the gender diverse ones are treated less favourably. On the other hand, there are some villages who prefer Nupa Amaibi to conduct ceremonies. There are some interesting comments regarding the language as used by the gender diverse priestesses when they are going through their transition, which coincides with their being ‘called’ to become priestesses. Ima Bobby also talks about the different tribal groups aside form Meitei who participate in Sanamahi rituals. Near the end of the interview there is some elaboration on the functions and meaning of the central magical tool of the priestesses, the surek, ‘bell’.
Date created:
Unspecified
Participants:
Ima Bobby (consultant)
Languages:
Meitei , Meithei
                                                     
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