Open Drum November 2005

Happy Holidays

November  has been an enjoyable and quiet month.  Below you will find links to a variety of resources related to music and drumming.


Village Music Circles Products

African Drum Rhythms

African Rhythm Traders

Superstitions About Drums

Celtic tradition tells us that a drum made from wolf skin would always sound louder than one made from sheep hide because the sheet is afraid of its natural enemy.


The Anishnabe people never put drums on the ground for the same reason they would not allow an elder to sit on the ground.   It has earned a place of respect in the community for the strength it provides.

Mesopotamian priests believed the sound of copper and bull hide drums could cure sickness.

Japanese children are taught that the constellation of Orion is actually a tsuzumi, a regional drum that has heads on both ends and strings that tie the heads from end to end (giving it an hourglass appearance).

African tradition says that one should not touch or play another's drum without express permission.  This offends the DrumSpirit.

According to custom, Tibetan drum called a damaru should only be played if one seeks to wake the dead because it is made from human skulls.  This would imply that communing with spirits through the drum is quite possible, and this is indeed something known to this culture.

Buddhists believe that the drum of dharma will enlighten and awaken sleeping souls.

Native Americans say the roundness of the drum symbolizes the wholeness of creation and the cosmos.

(Excerpts from Sacred Beat, P. Telesco & D. Two Eagles Waterhawk)

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