Udihe

The two wives’ song

An Udihe speaker gives a traditional performance of a song about a man and his two wives’ travel on the river Dzali. As is typical of Udihe songs, each line ends in the refrain ‘jawa jawa’, and can contain monosyllabic insertions ‘aŋ’ or ‘eŋ’, sometimes in the middle of a word at the morphemic border.

Recording: Udihe videos were recorded by Maria Tolskaya, some with participation of Elena Perekhvalskaya, in 2006 in the village Krasnyy Yar and in 2011 in the village Agzu.

Note: A prosaic version of this song recorded from the same narrator was published in Kazama (2007, text 25). On polygamy among the Udihe see also Kazama (2007, text 4).

Image credit: Photograph taken in 2006 in the village Krasnyy Yar by Maria Tolskaya

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