Damily – Malay Nama

From album “Valimbilo

“Bilo” is a disease which strikes one’s mental health. Depression is what western societies call it.

When one is diagnosed with “voany bilo”, a precise medical treatment is engaged and performed without doctors, nor medicine. To vanquish bilo, one has to use music. The sorcerer solely decides upon the “good” day (the day which gathers the most positive aspects of the astrological conjuncture) to operate. The extended family hosts a ceremony ruled by many taboos, which can last up to a few days, and in which only one remedy is applied in high dosage: Tsapiky.

They are “doctor” musicians whom talent is source of the cure. They play for the patient, who has to be facing the orchestra. All of their attention is focused on the bilo, dancing in the sick person’s body. It has to be awaken, seduced, surprised and attacked from every angle before it is pressured, pressured until KO, until it can’t take it anymore, stuffed with music. Then the patient is relieved, discharged, and the ceremony is over.

During the entirety of the ceremony, the patient picks a person who helps him/her get the bilo out of his/her system. This is what’s called “valimbilo”, literally “husband/wife of the bilo”.

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