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Category Archives: Shamanism

How to make a homemade shamanic drum beater

There are a variety of opinions on proper construction of a shaman drum. Usually, they correspond to ideas and needs of a player. If the goal is to become a real shaman there is one approach. If just to have fun or for „clownery“ — another. Accordingly, technologies of making a drum are changing. Continue reading…

The shamanic drum playing technique. Recommendations

It’s all simple here too.

Take a position that is most comfortable and not distracting. The drum and the beater must match by weight and size and sit comfortably in the hands. The body should be active, but not tense. Anyway, find a position, when the holding the drum and the beater does not strain and distract you. Try starting with a steady beat, with no rhythmic figures. Find the most convenient frequency and a spot you enjoy to beat the most. Continue reading…

Shamanic Paradoxes

Shamanism for dummies. Or what we should do with the drum.

Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, in matters of shamanism it is not worth it to state anything with 100% certainty. The thing is that there are a whole lot of opinions on all the crucial issues concerning the topic. And, paradoxically, almost all of them are true. Continue reading…

The making of shamanic drum rim. Quality priorities

Traditional authentic technology

Craftsman goes into the forest, finds the right tree, and cuts it down for a billet. Then, soaks it in the creek for a week, so that the wood may become more flexible, and bends it around a thick tree, occasionally warming the workpiece over the fire, or burning the inner side of it with a hot iron. After the workpiece bends into a ring, the craftsman connects overlapping the edges, and burns several holes with a hot nail through which the rim edges are sewn with a leather cord or a wire. Continue reading…

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