Singing Bowls- What are they?
Singing bowls are Tibetan Magic Bowls from the Himalayan region that have been used for centuries for their healing and relaxing sound quality. Tibetan bowls are ritual objects used in the Himalayan region very popularly since ancient times. Singing bowls are renowned for their healing and relaxing sound vibration. They are audio phonic instruments that broadly fit into the family of bells and gongs category. Every singing bowl is unique, and their sound quality depends upon a variety of factors including the combinations of seven metals(most commonly used combination of metals), thickness of the bowl and the shape and size of the bowls.
In recent years, they have gained popularity globally due to the rise of interest in Eastern philosophy and religion. In this blog post, we will explore the history, manufacturing, and uses of singing bowls.
History of Singing Bowls
The origins of singing bowls are mysterious, but it is believed that metalworking artisans perfected the techniques for making Tibetan Singing Bowls nearly 2,500 years ago. Though there is less written history on the origination of singing bowls, there still exists a rich tradition of oral history that the bowls came from Tibet at the time when Buddhism was introduced by Padmasambhava Guru Rinphoche. Therefore, the history of Tibetan Singing Bowls goes back to the 8th century A.D.
The singing bowls are now increasingly becoming popular in Western civilization since the mid-twentieth century. The reason of its popularity is considered as many of the spiritual people from all over the world these days exploring Eastern philosophy and religion. As the Eastern philosophies were given importance by the rest of the world, the respective tools including singing bowls were also realized as a vital object.
Manufacturing of Singing Bowls
The singing bowls are considered to be a lost art for at least 50 years and the method followed to make the singing bowl is thought to be lost as well. The quality of sound of the ancient bowls cannot be reproduced today, as the manufacturing method used to make the singing bowl is thought to be lost. According to the analysis of old bowls, it reveals that they were made from a variety of metal alloys of up-to 14 different metals consisting of silver, gold, nickel, copper, zinc, antimony, tin, lead, cobalt, bismuth, arsenic, cadmium, and iron. It is also believed that the real antique bowls also consist of metal taken from meteorites.
Is it true that the quality of sound of the ancient bowls cannot be reproduced today?
Average modern singing bowls are most likely made of a type of bronze called bell metal composed of a mix of copper and tin. However, the manufacturing methods used today can still produce bowls with beautiful tones. Today, bowls are both hand-hammered and machine-made, or a combination of the two. The best modern bowls are considered made in Nepal. The factories here still produce singing bowls consisting of seven metals. Very few manufacturers produce real seven metal quality bowls. At Shakya Handicraft , we make real seven metal bowls handmade Tibetan bowls. We have certificates to prove it. Here are the Tibetan bowls we produce. They can come in either plain or carved bowls with Tibetan designs.
Uses of Singing Bowls
Singing bowls are used for aiding meditation, religious practice, relaxation, and healthcare. Due to the presence of multiple kinds of ore in singing bowls, the multi-phonic overtones can be produced. The sound of a singing bowl depends upon the pressure applied to the wand or mallet or stick onto the rim of the bowl as well as the speed of rotating the wand. Even the wood from which the wand is made up of makes a difference in sound produced by the bowl.
Unbalanced sound produced due to too much or too little pressure or the off beam speed will cause a nasty sound which most people may not like. So they might even be compelled to complain on it. However, playing a singing bowl is a meditation in itself. One can rise up into divine empire of unity by entering the mystical world of the muse of sound. The sound vibrations if properly applied can help to heal our body and reduce stress and anxiety.
The history of the singing bowls date back to the pre – Buddhist Tibetan Bon culture. It is commonly thought that they were traditionally used both in rituals and, more generally, as food bowls. Although they are referred as Tibetan Singing bowls, they actually are Himalayan bowls as they are present throughout the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal and India. Nowadays, they are used to aid for meditation, religious practice, relaxation and healthcare.
Authenticating Singing Bowls
It can be very challenging to differentiate between a real antique singing bowl and a new bowl these days as it is easy to make the new bowls appear aged. Although new bowls are capable of producing beautiful tones, only the real aged bowls can produce richest, mellowest tones. One should be very cautious prior to purchasing antique singing bowls as only a few experts can authenticate the age and value of singing bowls.
Shakya Handicraft Singing Bowls
Shakya Handicraft is a reliable and best online store to buy genuine, handmade Tibetan healing singing bowls. We offer a range of singing bowls made from high-quality materials and manufactured in Nepal. If you are searching to buy a genuine, handmade Tibetan healing singing bowls, You have come to the best place.
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Singing bowls have a rich history and are a valuable tool for aiding meditation, religious practice, relaxation, and healthcare. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a beginner, a high-quality singing bowl can enhance your practice and provide a source of relaxation and tranquility. Check out Shakya Handicraft Bowls for genuine, handmade Tibetan healing singing bowls.
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