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Which drum is best for shamanic practice? — 4 Comments

  1. Lauren, I like the article about which drum to choose. I’m sure it will be helpful to your readers. I also took a peek at the article about Healing Stories and I plan to go back and read it in detail. I like that you recommend books that are about composing healing stories.


  2. A wee tip. I did my training in Siberia and got dungurs – shaman drums – there. But as it is very dry there, and it’s more damp here in Europe, I had to get them to make the drums tighter, so that when they were brought to Europe they would still be tight and not flopping about in our wetter climate

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    • Martina, Each person is unique and the drum that works for them can be just as unique. If you feel called to use a drum, that is a good sign that it is the right drum for you. Also, some shamanic practitioners find they will have more than one drum, because different drums carry different energies. For instance, I have a Buffalo drum that I never used for healing. I eventually found out that it is an ancestor drum, that I only use for special ceremonies.

      Small drums will sometimes be better for changes in humidity. Dry weather will tighten a drum and humid weather will loosen it. Large drums give a deeper sound, but because they are so large they sound more flat in humid conditions than a smaller drum does. Different hides are less sensitive to moisture. This is all part of seeing a drum as a living spirit, whose voice changes just as your does in response to the world.

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