23. rangen, sung by Lucy Romrom, Anges Lopdal, Mary Timar, Agnes Tanbel, Elizabeth Luwot, Barbara Bunbun, Barbara Kaskas, Ellen Pule, Helen Wenge, Joseph Bosle, Francis Palits, Clement Siapinpin & Peter Sim (Dot, Masahet)  2:09 2008/057

Rangen, or yarangen as they are sometimes known, are sung during feasting that mark’s a death or deaths.

 Inevitably, feasting involves producing pigs for consumption. The singer of this (ya)rangen encourages their pig (bual) to grow big with this song. To promote a pig’s growth, juice is squeezed from a special vine through holes bored by tiny insects into the pig’s food/water. Singing this song is part of the process of nourishment.

chorus:

 

 

yo umumie pusio tsitsik 

I am drilling (my words) into the vine rope’s small holes left by tiny insects

nung bual lesa nung bual pangpang

any pig of mine, my pig will become valuable

nioh lamel

grow big today

a kan nung bual

the head of my pig

- nioh lamel

- grow big today

a tuan nung bual

the backside of my pig

- nioh lamel

- grow big today

chorus

chorus

a kaken nung bual

the back legs of my pig

- nioh lamel

- grow big today

a da don nung bual

the girth of my pig

- nioh lamel

- grow big today

chorus

chorus

a elan nung bual

the front legs of my pig

- nioh lamel

- grow big today

a de prun nung bual

the tail of my pig

- nioh lamel

- grow big today

chorus

chorus

a tuan nung bual

the backside of my pig

- nioh lamel

- grow big today

a kaken nung bual

the back legs of my pig

- nioh lamel

- grow big today

chorus

chorus

24. rangen, sung by Karl Burit, Barbara Sokua & Monica Sokua (Ton, Masahet)  1:52 2008/040

This rangen is sung to calm the seas. Just as the ut fruit floats easily in all kinds of weather, the singer wishes to similarly float on their voyage around the island. The three places mentioned are prominent points on the main island of Niolam that jut out into the sea.

ore lio ya i ut ilen

oh my I am ut fruit

 

ore lio yo buak buakan

oh my I am floating stationary

ore lio ya i ut ilen

oh my I am ut fruit

yo le no ne buak masar i papindal mana ngu manile

as I float towards Papindal with calm seas

ore lio ya i ut ilen

oh my I am ut fruit

ore lio yo buak buakan

oh my I am floating stationary

ore lio ya i ut ilen

oh my I am ut fruit

yo le no ne buak masar i tsumun mana ngu manile

as I float towards Tsumun with calm seas

ore lio ya i ut ilen

oh my I am ut fruit

ore lio yo buak buakan

oh my I am floating stationary

ore lio ya i ut ilen

oh my I am ut fruit

yo le no ne buak masar i lakunbut mana ngu manile

as I float towards Lakunbut with calm seas

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