The Use of Singing Bowls in the West and in the Orient

The Singing Bowls is a very old instrument, dating back to the 7th Century. They were probably first used as an addition to wooden church churches to call people to prayers. They then started to be used for playing in temples throughout Asia, Africa and Middle East, as well as being used by the Chinese as a type of celebratory instrument.

The earliest known bowl is believed to have been a fretted one, as they are still found in many pits which were used for storing grain. A fretted bowl or standing bell was an upside down bell, supported on top of another with a rim over the middle. These bells are usually round and come in a variety of sizes, from some centimetres to several metres in diameter. These bowls were made of metal alloys and metals, such as bronze, copper, brass, zinc, tin, tungsten, lead and iron. They may have also been crafted from wood.

In China, bronze and iron were the most commonly used materials for ancient singing bowls. Lead and iron were more favoured by the ancient Egyptians because of their resistance to corrosion, weight and malleability. Bronze was thought to be the best choice of metal for ancient bells because it contains a high percentage of calcium. Cast silver or gold-plated bells were not favoured because they corrode too easily, especially when exposed to moisture. You can click here, to get more information on the various types of singing bowls with their benefits.

Cast iron is popularly used in the making of modern day Chinese musical bowls. This alloy was used as far back as 5000 years ago in Tibet. Some evidence points to the mixing of tin and sulfur in the ancient Tibetan singing bowls made with this alloy. These bowls are often quite tall, although they do now come in smaller sizes. The material is typically black on the inside but displays a rainbow of colours on the outside.

Singing bowls made of metal alloys in general are much more expensive than ones that are made of wood or ceramic materials. Metal is heavy, which adds to its cost and makes it prohibitive for use in ordinary domestic kitchen furniture. The popularity of Tibetan singing bowls is likely to grow as interest grows in Feng Shui, the philosophy that surround the use of sound in interior design. Silver Sky, incorporates some element of Feng Shui into their own designs.

Metal singing bowls are often associated with healing. As the sound of a singing bowl creates positive energy, it is believed to promote harmony and peace within the household. The sound of a gentle river is believed to be calming and regenerative, while a waterfall is thought to bring wealth and prosperity into one's home. It is also believed to purify the house from bad spirits and bring joy and good cheer. Check out for more info on this link:

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