Sunday, December 6, 2015
ANCIENT METAL GONG
This very old metal gong is located in the shop show window. Striking the gong with the (modern) gong bonger produces a sound similar to that from an Indiana Jones movie. It is probably of far-eastern origin. Come by and enjoy the tonal quality of its ancient past. Price is only $350, a bargain for an antique of such immense collector appeal.
Gongs change time and locality. Skillfully played, gongs provide the entry point to recovery, self-recovery, they can pull an individual back from “the edge” and create a different platform for their existence. The transformational qualities of gongs were known to ancient cultures such as Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Mongols, and Uighers. The gong is mentioned in writings during the 6th century in the time of the Emperor Hsuan Wu, originating in the country of His Yu in the western area in what was the Jang Kingdom between Tibet and Burma. Evidence suggests that gong making was known as early as 4,000BC and ancient alchemy sources put the gong as far out as 16,000BC.
The gong is one of man’s most powerful and oldest transformational and therapeutic instruments. It has been used for ritual, ceremony, prayer, and meditation since the Bronze Age. While its sound is relaxing and calming, centering and energizing, transforming and healing, gongs have been used in yoga, sound meditation, and vibrational therapy from the distant past to present.
“The gong is known as an instrument of transformational power. It is a tool by which we are engulfed in total sound, and through our intuition, we are brought back to optimum health and balance. The gong is a supportive tool for the manifestation of our harmonious physical, mental, and emotional being. The OM tone of a gong creates total silence within. The sustained tone of a gong creates timelessness. The building of its tone combinations create a sense of levitation or lightness. It is the unique quality of a gong’s resonance that integrates diverse elements into a power of synergy, or functional harmony. We also call the tone produced by the gong a “feeling tone,” because we feel it in our body, as well as hear it.