posted on Jun, 24 2009 @ 06:52 PM
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by Kandinsky
I think you hit on an interesting idea. Yes, they had musical instruments...but were they to make pretty music, or for another purpose? Let me
The red ochre in the caves was used to signify areas where specific sounds were achieved. Like a resonant type of harmony was created with a drum
beat or something, and was used by the shaman to enter a trance like state so he could do whatever it was he was doing (seeing the future, for
The rhythmic pounding is known to induce a trance, and specific rhythms work better, especially depending on the resonant frequency created in each
So, my thought is, would these flutes, etc, possibly been used in the same way? Could spiritual use have been the Genesis for musical capability?
I would be interested to see the frequencies that these instruments were playing at. What notes, etc?
I might agree. My wife and I studied early music and the ancient shamanic uses since university in the 80's. We studied the "Raga" as a
I might have read about early flute, but mostly drumming trances induced through rhythmic redundancy. Flutes do regulate breathing in the playing, and
as such can alter the users awareness through that, but I don't have direct reference for the flute in altering states of consciousness.
Remember the myth of the Pied Piper?
A good book on the subject is "Through Music to the Self"by Peter Michael Hamel. He talks about masters on Tablas coming down from the hills and
playing to huge crowds, eliciting profound emotional and transformative states and reducing hundreds to tears from the shear mastery and amazing
drumming. You never hear recordings of this. These are shamans /yogi musicians who shun such meaningless fame. They play for spiritual connections and
are unmatched masters.
In the Indian culture such musical art is a spiritual path and practice. The same for flute and other instruments there in a correctly educated
I can only imagine what a connected spirit can do with a flute. Rampal would dim in comparison. No lack of respect for Rampal, just the intent is more
my flavor of choice.