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A rhythmic vocal recitation that is usually intended to provoke a meditative trance, spiritual healing, or to create the aural context for a performance such as a dance or other ceremonial. Chants can also be thought of as prayers that are sung and are often comprised of repeated phrases.

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"Rhythm of the Movement. Calling Eagle drum group at an Idle No More rally in Window Rock, Arizona, December 28, 2012" by Donovan Shortey is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND.

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