635 rkang-gling

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India, China, Nepal=Tibet
human thigh bone, silver at both ends, with goat skin; L. 39.0cm

Held horizontally with a hand and blown. Usually played in pairs in Buddhist rituals. In the Buddhist dance dramas cham, the sound of the rkang-gling signals the entry of the dancers. When used in the context of incantations by shamans, the instrument is played in alternation with the damaru. Insted of human thigh bone, copper is sometimes used for the whole instrument.

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