Thursday, June 24, 2010

Gongs: Hand made Tibetan Gongs

Gongs, also known by the name tam-tam are East- Asiatic, bronze percussion instruments, created entirely by hand. They are related to single Cymbals, hung up vertical or horizontally, with a raised size on a stand. The surface is fiat or slightly rounded and the outer edge is bent backwards. They originate from the Han Dynasty (2000BC) in China. The first Gongs were flat, later on, a cup was added (Java).

A going is struck from the front side with a stick, wrapped in felt or covered by fur. The sound goes from a clear note cushioned softly by complimentary harmonics to a dark, rumbling and thundering resonant voice.

In Japan the rather solid “Shoko” is a gong that produces a dry high- pitched sound when struck on its Concave back.

Gongs have also applications beyond music, in recreation, therapy, performance art, religion, relaxation and meditation. A few well- trained therapists use large sized Gongs for Kidney massage.

Each Gong has its own extra ordinary and particular sound character. Their impressive, charismatic sound embodies a wealth of archetypal emotional sensations and truths. These Gongs with a wide range of harmonics and frequencies are favored for healing sessions and in demand for relaxation.

Gongs are a traditional Nepalese and Tibetan instrument used since from the ancient times for meditation in Buddhist monasteries, religious events, ceremonial and rituals within the Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhist community. There are various types of gongs produced in Nepal, Tibet, China, India and their designs, structure and shape are very different but their use is almost same.

The gongs are also used as a means of communication to make people aware of some happenings of religious events, ceremonies etc. The sound will be different from each gong according to the metal content or composition used for making the gongs. Nepalese gongs are genuinely handmade gongs popular worldwide

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