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Sacred Drums, Rattles, Art & Gifts

Horse Rawhide European Style Shamanic Drum on Maple Hoop

Starting at: $205.00

The energy of the horse drum is all about the journey. Horse resonates at a high frequency, stimulating the third eye chakra. It has been used by shamans and seers as a guide in their travels. The Norse rune Raido represents the journey we can take when using horse energy.

Horses have been in partnership with humans for at least 6,000 years and are native to the Eurasian continent. They have been considered sacred beings for just as long. Most indigenous people of Europe had rites and rituals around the strength and fertility of the stallion. Some archaeologists even believe that observing the herd structure of the horse led to early patriarchal herder societies. When horses were introduced to this continent in the 1600's, some of the existing people adopted them wholeheartedly and recreated their entire culture to reflect their importance.

Horse drums tend to be light gold to deep chocolate brown in humans, their skin comes in a variety of colors. Their hides tend to be thicker around the hindquarters and thinner in the neck and belly region. The hide has very little stretch and very little fat. When making a horse drum, it is very important to be smooth and gentle...never jerking or tugging...the same way you would treat a horse if you were riding it in life.

Because horses are domesticated animals, a hide will frequently have brands and sometimes signs of a hard life, such as scarification around the whithers. I believe that part of honoring the horse is to include these elements in the drum so that we never forget that it was a living being who has been transformed into the drum. The drums that include these elements tend to be very useful in healing deep pain. Horses are never killed to make drums, the hides come from animals who have died naturally.

Maple is common in both Europe and North America. It is considered a tree of balance, wisdom and prosperity. The life cycle of the Maple exemplifies the turning of the seasons. Maple is used to make many things including musical instruments, and is considered a tonewood, which is a wood that carries sound waves well. It is a hard wood with a bright sound. These hoops are machine made 10-ply and are heavier but extremely durable. The hoop is approximately 2 7/8" in depth.

These drums come with a beater. The soft beater is recommended for these drums.

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