A chant (from ', from ', "to sing") is the iterative speaking or of s or s, often primarily on one or two main es called s. Chants may range from a simple involving a limited set of s to highly complex musical structures, often including a great deal of of musical subphrases, such as Great Responsories and of . Chant may be considered speech, music, or a heightened or stylized form of speech. In the later some religious chant evolved into song (forming one of the roots of later Western music).

Chant as a spiritual practice

Chanting (e.g., , , the , etc.) is a commonly used . Like , chanting may be a component of either personal or group practice. Diverse spiritual traditions consider chant a route to . Some examples include chant in n, an, and , and Australian Aboriginal cultures, , , , , chants, various s, various s, , and the chanting of and prayers especially in (see or ), (see or , for examples), , and churches (see ). Chant practices vary. chant involves , where multiple pitches are produced by each performer. The concept of chanting s is of particular significance in many traditions and other closely related . India's bhakti devotional tradition centers on , which has a following in many countries and traditions such as . The movement is based especially on the chanting of in the tradition. Chinese ' (诗经), or 'chanted poetry', mirrors principles and is sung from the ' (or lower abdomen) — the locus of power in .

See also

* * * – Rhythmical work song sung on sailing vessels * *


External links

A site about Vedic chantsTraditional Buddhist Chants (Texts and Audio) as in the Buddhist Encyclopedia
{{Authority control Medieval music genres