The spirit of Rhythm

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According to Navajo Elders, the Drum is the Creator’s favorite instrument. This, they tell us, is why we each have a heartbeat.

For shamans from various cultures, the rhythm is a powerful spiritual element, enabling the shaman to ride the rhythm to other worlds in order to collect healing wisdom and other messages and assistance from the spiritual realm.

In the Buddhist tradition, the drum is used chod drum is used in ceremony to perform a sort-of exorcism, using rhythms to “feed the demons”

In Shinto Buddhism, Large Drums called Taikos are used in rituals and ceremonies. Specific rhythms are used to call upon and connect with spirits. The Taiko drum is used “To call the gods to Earth to celebrate!”

In Hindu tradition, Shiva Nataraja, the Lord of the Dance represents rhythm. Shiva personifies the drum as a holy instrument. He holds a double-headed hour-glass drum, the damaru which symbolizes how he keeps the time of the universe. In his other hand, Shiva carries a flame, which reminds us of our creativity and passion, which we invoke with rhythm and dance.

In many native cultures of North and South America and Africa, the drum represents the heartbeat in celebrations and rituals. The sound of the drum creates sacred intention and space in these time-worn traditions.

In the tradition of the Black Madonna, women use drums and percussion keep centuries old tradition alive. For thousands of years, according to celebrated female percussionist and researcher, Layne Redmond, women have used drumming in sacred processions to goddesses such as Hathor, Bast or Astarte.

Rhythm has a rich tradition of connection with spiritual rituals and celebrations. For centuries rhythm has been used to ride sonic waves to a connection with the divine.

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