Singing Bowls & Meditation
Singing bowls originate from the Himalayas in the 10/11th Century.
How the Singing Bowl came to be developed:
Evidence the metal bell originated in China, earliest known Shang dynasty bells being among the oldest bronze objects found in China. Possibly originated from grain scoops of standard capacity (the word chung or grain measure used in many ancient texts to mean a bell). Early bronze standing bells called nao embody some of the highest technical skills of Chinese civilisation and represent the earliest known form of chiming bell. Taking the shape of hollow-stemmed goblets with a curved rim, nao made in sizes varying between 8 and 50 cm. Mounted on their stem, with rim uppermost, and struck on the outside with a mallet. Nao from southern China produced as single specimens. While in the north produced in chimed sets of three. Some constructed such that striking at two different points would produce different ringing tones.
Although sometimes stated that ‘Tibetan singing bowls’ date back to a pre-Buddhist, shamanic Bon-Po tradition. Manufacture and use of bowls specifically for the purpose of ‘singing’ (as opposed to standing bells/bowls that are intended to be struck) believed to be a modern phenomenon.
We have also found that the tone and nature of the vibration one achieves can be influenced by the surroundings of the room.
For more information – have a look on Wikipedia
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