The shamanic drum: meanings and use

Being we materialized vibration, the rhythm cures us, modulates our energy, our mood. The rhythm is in fact what also marks our actions and the movements of the internal organs.

The rhythm is in the breath and in the step . Life, in its manifestations, is rhythm, singing is. Medicina is not an attempt to bring back to the previous rhythm but to modulate the current one and bring it on a spontaneous harmonic path, the one that is required at that given moment, according to the individual's experience.

Several therapies are based on a very modest medical contribution and are based on water vibration (think of homeopathy) . Since we water, we understand how important it is to work on the subtle, on the radical, on the harmony of the interior and on the interpretation of signs.

The homeopathic or vegetable-based medicine, or mineral, has no different nature from a music, a color, a certain type of electric discharge.

Shamanism has its roots in such presuppositions. There are many types of shamanism, but the rhythmic and musical factor is constant.

The shaman's drum

Let's start from the manufacture of the drum: hand made and with animal skins, often goat, but the animal varies according to the area of ‚Äč‚Äčorigin of the shamanic tradition.

The sound of the drum is pure meditation, as indeed happens in many psychophysical practices involving, for example, the recitation of mantra or the work on certain frequencies that re-harmonize the nervous system.

The shape of the drum represents the universe . A Cherokee song is dedicated precisely to the drum, with these words:

My drum has many voices

My drum tells many stories

This drum is full of mystery

This drum is full of dreams.

Listen to his heartbeat

Listen to his heartbeat

Now you hear the pounding of the hooves

Now you hear the flapping of the wings

Everything is One.

From this song we understand the close relationship of shamanic work with the animal kingdom. In fact, both the shaman and the practitioner enter the altered state of consciousness with a drum.

There are circular drums with mylar heads (synthetic fiber) and others with a traditional head of raw or leather . The first is less expensive, the latter more valuable: both must however be protected from dry or too humid weather. Both are very light, often held with only one hand and have a diameter of 40-43 cm, they have a greater resonance in closed environments.

Sandra Ingerman in the short video in English below explains the relationship between travel and sound, giving a short and repeated percussion to her shamanic drum. In many yoga centers or meditation centers also in Italy courses are held for the manufacture of their own shamanic drum and some participants then put their work created and ready to be beaten in a video, like that of this song for Shiva. In this video the drum of the primordial sound is shown instead through a so-called "sonic chair".

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