Wutu Collection

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Created: 2016-01-16 23:52
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: The wutu ritual is an exorcism ritual held during winter by the Monguor (Tu) people of Gnyan thog Village (Tongren County, Huangnan Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China). These eighteen short films, shot by Zhu Yonzhong in 1996 and edited by Gerald Roche, show the ritual process step-by-step.
 

Media items

This collection contains 18 media items.

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Media items

1a. Setting

   33 views

This film begins by showing the locally famous Sgo dmar stupa in the village of Dgo dmar.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 17 Jan 2016


1b. The Shrine

   7 views

This film begins by showing the position of the shrine on a hill above the village.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 17 Jan 2016


1c. Labtse

   3 views

The labtse, or alter to the mountain deity, sits on the hill near the shrine, to the west.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 17 Jan 2016


1d. Shrine Interior

   6 views

The main figure enshrined here is Ri lang.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 20 Jan 2016


1e. Undressing, Applying Ash

   11 views

The wutu performers here apply ash to their exposed upper bodies (including face and hair) and lower legs.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 20 Jan 2016


1f. Painting the Wutu

   5 views

Using a mixture of ink and liquor, the wutu are painted with designs of tigers, leopards and deities.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 20 Jan 2016


1g. More Wutu Preparations at the Shrine

   5 views

Several of the wutu are fully prepared and pose for the camera and crowd (of mostly children). Meanwhile, painting of the remaining wutu continues in the shrine courtyard.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 20 Jan 2016


1h. Preparing Lhaba

   8 views

The lhaba prepares inside the shrine.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 20 Jan 2016


1i. First Exit of Shrine

   5 views

Accompanied by a frame-drum (beaten by the lhaba) and gong (beaten by the temple-keeper), the wutu exit the shrine briefly.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 20 Jan 2016


1j. Respecting Deities Inside the Shrine

   5 views

Lead by the lhaba, the wutu performers enter the shrine.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 20 Jan 2016


1k. Exiting the Shrine and Running to the Village

   5 views

The wutu performers exit the shrine for a second time, followed by the lhaba beating a frame-drum, and a young man who beats the gong.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 21 Jan 2016


1l. Wutu on the Roofs

   3 views

The five youngest wutu performers climb up the compound walls of houses and travel from roof to roof throughout the tightly packed village. Villagers climb onto their roofs to...

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 21 Jan 2016


1m. Wutu in House

   4 views

Wutu stop in certain houses to eat meals of boiled mutton. They may not enter through the compound door; they must come over the walls and across the roofs.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 21 Jan 2016


1n. Climbing Walls and on Roofs

   5 views

Villagers help the five youngest wutu to scale compound walls and return to the roofs.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 21 Jan 2016


1o. In the Streets

   4 views

As they dance through the streets, the wutu continue collecting ring-shaped breads from villagers on rooftops. They jump over ill elderly people, who believe this will help make...

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 21 Jan 2016


1p. At the Gate and to the River

   3 views

Having entered the village in the west, the wutu exit the village through the east gate.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 21 Jan 2016


1q. At the River

   6 views

Having arrived at the frozen river, the wutu throw away their staves and breads.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 21 Jan 2016


1r. Returning to the Village

   5 views

Straw is bought and set alight.

Collection: Wutu Collection

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 21 Jan 2016