#323 – Kathmandu, Nepal


Dec 19 2013

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Focal Length:36mm
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Camera:NIKON D3100

The hills are alive… with the sounds of SINGING BOWLS!

These beautiful bowls are amazing instruments!

Skotte and I worked at the Western New York Gift Show many years ago, and one of the vendors came in from Nepal. They sold beautiful shirts, woven items, singing bowls, and many other items. Skotte had to get a wonderful singing bowl, and this tshirt, which is embroidered.

I can’t get the bowl to “sing” very much, but Skotte makes gorgeous sounds.

It is definitely one of his instruments!

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about singing bowls:

Singing bowls are a type of bell, specifically classified as a standing bell. Rather than hanging inverted or attached to a handle, singing bowls sit with the bottom surface resting. and rim of singing bowls vibrate to produce sound characterized by a fundamental frequency and usually two audible harmonic overtones.

Singing bowls are used worldwide for meditation, music, relaxation, and personal well-being. Singing bowls were historically made throughout Asia, especially Nepal, China and Japan. They are closely related to decorative bells made along the silk road from the Near East to Western Asia. Today they are made in Nepal, India, Japan, China and Korea.

Here is a video of how to play the singing bowl.

I have a deep desire to go sit quietly and listen to some singing bowl music to reflect and meditate for a while.


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