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Tibetan Chod Damaru Hand Drum

SKU: mmhd-09

 • Product Size: 9" Dia 4.5" H


This Tibetan Hand Drum (Damaru) is the type used by shamans and lamas alike to invoke trance and spirit.  Played in the right hand while the Tibetan flat bell (shang) is played in the left. The 8.5" drum head is made from goat hide.  Comes with matching brocade carrying case with shoulder strap. The color of the drum carrying case does vary due to the handmade nature of the product. 
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  • Damaru  or damru is a small two-headed drum, used in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. In Hinduism, the damru is known as the instrument of the deity Shiva, and is said to be created by Shiva to produce spiritual sounds by which the whole universe has been created and regulated.

    In Hinduism

    The damaru is very common throughout the Indian subcontinent. The damaru is known as a power drum, and when played, it is believed to generate spiritual energy. It is associated with the Hindu deity Shiva. It is believed that Sanskrit language was recognized by the drumbeats of the damaru (see Shiva Sutra for the sounds), and his performance of the cosmic dance of tandava. The damaru is used by itinerant musicians of all stripes, due to its small portable size.

    In the shield shape of some damarus, the triangular upward representation also symbolizes male procreativity (the lingam), and the downward round representation symbolizes the female procreativity (the yoni). Symbolically, the creation of the world begins when the lingam and yoni meet at the midpoint of the damaru, and the destruction takes place when they separate from each other.

    In Tibetan Buddhism

    In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the damaru is part of a collection of sacred implements and musical instrument was adopted from the tantric practices of ancient India. These reached the Himalayas from the 8th to 12th century, persisting in Tibet as the practice of Vajrayana flourished there, even as it vanished in the subcontinent of India.

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