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In this modern multicultural age, many people draw from different traditions in their spiritual lives. Using some beautiful Asian spiritual decoration can help to enhance and expand your own spirituality, the spirituality and beauty of your home, or both at once.
According to Tibetan oral tradition, the singing bowls – also called rin gongs, among other things – originally came to Tibet from India, along with Buddhism. It’s not hard to believe – singing bowls are found in Buddhist temples around the world, and although they are today most closely associated with Tibetan Buddhism, their use as a meditation and chanting aid is seen in many different sects and locations. Modern use also sees this Asian spiritual decoration used in world music and other expressive arts.
The singing bowls are actually classified as a type of bell called a ‘standing bell’. They are closely related to the decorative bells seen all across Asia. However, instead of hanging down and having a clapper, the bowls rest on a solid surface, and are played by striking the rim with a wooden striker, letting the first tone resonate. They may also be played by running the striker along the rim, although this technique takes more skill, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t get it right right away!
Singing bowls are made from bronze (an alloy of copper and tin) with a few other trace elements to produce their rich sound.