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Yellow Emperor's Traditional Medicine Series

The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine has become a landmark in the history of Chinese civilization. Written in the form of a dialogue in which the emperor seeks information from his minister Ch’I-Po on questions of health and the art of healing, it is the oldest known document in Chinese medicine.

On music as medicine

In ancient civilizations music was thought to be not only a form of entertainment but also an art of healing.

The Ikhwan al-Safa (Brethren of Purity) was a brotherhood that flourished in Basra, in the second half of the 10th century. A vast encyclopedic work (Rasa’il) of fifty-two tracts dealing with sciences and philosophy was written. The section on music focuses on harmony, emphasizing the idea that music reflects the harmonious beauty of the universe. Similarly, said the Ikhwan, the proper use of music at the right time has a healing influence on the body.

In the monumental work Qanun fi’l-tibb (Canon of Medicine), Ibn Sina (d. 1037) discusses a special relationship between music and medicine that recurs in Arabic and European texts even as late as the nineteenth century.

Al-Kindi (d.870), in his work Book of Sounds Made by Instruments Having One to Ten Strings, explains that instruments help create harmony between the soul and the universe; consequently, each society has instruments that reflect its nature, and each instrument is purported to express the specific beliefs and characteristics of the society to which it belongs.

In Mitfah al-tibb (The Key to Medicine), Ibn Hindu (d. 1019), acknowledges the healing qualities of music for some ailments so long as the services of professional musicians are employed.

On singing in the high register

In Due Dialoghi della Musica (Two dialogues upon music) by Luigi Dentice, an Oratorian priest the first mention of soprano maschiato occurs.

Let women keep silent in the churches
see I Corinthians, ch. 14, v. 34
Pauline dictum mulieres in ecclesiis taceant

This reference means women were banned from singing in churches in classical high european culture.

In simple terms, a male can retain his child voice if it never changes during puberty. The retained voice can be the treble voice shared by both sexes in childhood and is the same as boy soprano voice.

The Catholic Church's involvement in these phenomenas has long been controversial, and there have recently been calls for it to issue an official apology for its role.

On subduing the (Mara) Demons

The conqueror defeated one enemy after the other,
Advanced pacts were made to expand the understanding,
The great cosmic voyage will reach the other shore,
Eternal fire of samadhi lights up the path,
Offering salvation to all.