Type: Aerophones > Flutes > Open Ended >
Area: Kec. Mantikulore, Palu, Central Sulawesi.
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The lalove is an open ended flute that is played by the Kaili people. who are located in Mantikulore, Palu, Central Sulawesi. Up till quite recently the lalove was inseparable with the world of ritual. In a Kaili village, a person will fall ill. The symptoms can vary, but it’s not your usual sickness: trips to the doctor will be in vain, as this is not an ailment that can be cured by Western medicine.
The sick person, or tomadua, can only be cured by a healing possession ritual the Kaili call balia. Everyone in the village gathers, musicians are called from near and far. Under the command of a shaman or tolanggara, the sick person or tomadua is to be cured by a ritual possession by anitu or ancestral spirits.
Construction: At the beginning of the construction of a lalove; an artisan visits a grove of bamboo, with an offering of sirih or betelnut. The Kaili people believe that if the bamboo is taken during a new moon, the lalove will rot. In the light of a full moon, the lalove maker kneels proffering his sirih, and whispers a mantra. If this ritual is done right, the proper bamboo will shudder in reaction. The chosen bamboo should be in the middle of the grove, old but not too old.
Citations: Bibliography: Websites: Auralarchipelago.com / lalove ; Lalove Performance recorded by Palmer Keen ~ YouTube ;