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Peruvian Maraca Painted


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Peruvian Maraca Painted

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Hand painted percussion maracas are made in Peru.  Maracas or rattles are used in Latin-American music. They are shaken, one in each hand, with the rhythm of the music. Maracas are so popular they are now a standard part of orchestral percussion sections. Shamans may sometimes use maracas or rattles to invoke the gods, raise energy, dispel evil spirits and bring joy to the listeners. Sold Individually.

SKU: mm82-013
  • Product Size:
  • 9" L + 2.5" Dia

Availability:In stock

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Maracas, sometimes called rumba shakers, are a native instrument of Latin America. They are a percussion instrument, usually played in pairs, consisting of a dried calabash or gourd shell (cuia "cue-ya") or coconut shell filled with seeds or dried beans. They may also be made of leather, wood, or plastic. Often one ball is pitched high and the other is pitched low. There is evidence of clay maracas used by the natives of Colombia 1500 years ago. The word maraca is thought to have come from the Tupi language of Brazil, where it is pronounced 'ma-ra-KAH'. They are known in Trinidad as shac-shacs. Sold Individually.