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The Subu Heniin In Translation

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This chapter presents the translation of the Subu Heniin texts. Recited by Mudan Pai, a nyibu of about 55 years, these nineteen textual sections of the translation are those recognised by nyibus, and the beginning of each new section is marked by Mudan Pais signature phrase (I am the Aba Nibo nyibu). He relied on set phrases, lists of names, a repertoire of noun-pairs, a fixed sequence of events and the animating themes of the Subu Heniin. His brief pauses between lines, when he seemed to be searching for words, were moments of silence that emphasised the authority of his speech, like an accomplished speaker who knows when to pause.

Keywords: Mudan Pai; nyibus; Subu Heniin texts

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