Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Pairs of chymbals are used in Buddhist Monasteries ceremonies and for exorcising of demons. It is said that when the sound of chyambals reaches its full intensity the demon’s brain is cleaved in two. Wadding probably protects the monk’s ears, a hint for pop drummers. These little chyambals are also used in terminal care, to communicate with spirit of dying person, and to exorcise wicked spirits from the house where someone recently died. They are hooked at right angles, for a penetrating sound vibration. You can use Tingshaws to call back, someone who hyperventilates during relaxation.
It is no longer clear who first used them but it is known that in general they are made of seven metals, just like Singing Bowls.
Tingshaws are available in different sizes, each with their own sound. Most are smooth, but there are also decorated tingshaws such as those with patterns of dragons, with the eight auspicious symbols and Om Mantra.
In Tibetan Buddhist meditation rituals Tingshaws are used as a summons. The Buddha, in one of his aspects, a deity or a spirit is summoned by the sound while the sound is also an offering to the summoned being. Another useful application of Tingshaws is based on the purfying effects of the sounds. By sounding the Tingshaws in the four corners of a room, the energy present in the room is dissolved in the vibration of sound, and the room is once more open and neutral.
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