Friday, September 7, 2018

Rnga, Lag-na and Dhyangro in Tibet

Rnga, lag-na and dhyangro -: is this Tibetan for Huey, Dewey, and Louie? Chinese -:路儿,杜儿和辉儿BTW/OT. No, rnga and lag-na are Tibetan terms for frame drums, and dhyangro is a Nepali word often used to describe the Tibetan drum. The drumheads of frame drums have a greater width than depth.

20 years ago I visited a small monastery near the tombs of the Tibetan kings on the Muchong Hill opposite to the Yarlung River. An old monk was playing the lag-na and cantillating out of ancient scriptures. Thoughts of Bön and shamanism crossed my mind.

On my recent visit I could see someone painting the drum, the drums being played at various monasteries in a sacral context by monks as well as being played by laymen. The drum has a deep sound.

Painting the huge drums 




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