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Tibet Drum and Its Types
I bet you all know what a drum is. Drums have been around for thousands of years now. They have been used by people in all walks of life and they are deemed an important part of every celebration since the ancient times.
In Tibet, the drums are considered as an important element of every festival and ritual. Worshipers, from the common people to those who are in the authorities, are using it simply for the reason that the Tibet drums are capable of producing sounds with different overtones and harmonics. As what many people in Tibet believed, the Tibet drums are highly capable of uplifting spirits.
The Tibet drum comes in a variety of forms and types. They come in all shapes, sizes and color, and they differ according to their design and construction. But regardless of the form, each piece of the Tibet drum has its own uses.
Below are few of the most well-known and well-used drums in Tibet:
The stemmed drum basically is designed and used by people in Tibet for one purpose - to invoke deities and provide a musical background that is so gentle for the singing orchestra of Tibetan monks. The stemmed drum is usually hit to produce an even and monotonous beat, which is considered by many as perfect for making a meditation session truly serious and enlightening. Well, the reason behind this is that, the stemmed drums of Tibet provide extremely reminiscent and suggestive vibrations.
The stemmed drums of Tibet are now commonly used in a number of monasteries, particularly at gonkhang where a line of furious, protective deities are housed.
Shaman drums are but another well-used type of Tibet drum, and Tang Du is one of them. This instrument is used actually as a shaman's drum in Tibet, and most of the cultural ceremonies in the province are using this type to accompany the ceremonial performances. Typically, the Tang Du appears with a handle that is carved, and skin with a rawhide lacing. They are played with a stick.
The Damaru is a double-sided drum that comes in small size. Also, it typically appears with a leather string that is attached over its middle part where bone or wooden knotted ends are present. These knotted ends are basically the ones that create a clattering noise on the membranes of the damaru, especially when it is swung. Unlike the other types of Tibet drum, the Damaru comes with a resonator that is often tied together with cords. Well, this type of Tibet drum is favored especially in deep meditation simply for the reason that when it vibrates, it produces a sound that is highly dissimilar. The sound produced by this instrument is also considered as symbolizing Nada, the so-called immense sound of AUM, the sound you can hear when you are in a state of deep meditation.
There are a lot more types of Tibet drum, but as said earlier, each of the types is used for several purposes, mostly for ceremonies, meditation, and relaxation.