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Tingsha’s (ding-sha’s) are hand cymbals and are native to Tibet. The word tingsha in Tibetan means ‘hanging cymbal’. They are traditionally used as musical accompaniment to spiritual acts. Think of services and prayer rituals, or meditation. Especially in Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism you will find tingshas. Tingshas are also used for harmonising and cleaning energy, for example in Feng Shui or energetic medicine.
Ornaments and decorations
The two cymbals of the tingsha are usually decorated with figures and signs at the top. These are often dragons, the mantra Om Mani Pad Me Hum or the eight Tibetan happiness symbols.
The cymbals of the tingsha are made of different metals, a so-called alloy. The most common alloy is bronze: a combination of copper, tin and small amounts of nickel. Tingshas consist of at least three types of metal. The better ones contain as many as seven to twelve different ones and therefore produce exceptionally harmonic overtones. Each disc of the tingsha is cast separately and then tuned by hand. As a result, the tingsha produces a powerful harmonic resonance. Tingshas are made in a similar way as sounding bowls.
How to store your tingshas?
As with many altar attributes, it is advisable to put them in cloth or scarf to be wrapped when not in use, or in a special purpose pouch. It is made of brocade and has two compartments.
Using a tingsha
There are four ways to play a tingsha. In the end, you get a clear, high tiiiiiiing from your cymbals. You can:
Hang both cymbals horizontally, then hold the leather lace between thumb and index finger in each hand. Then move both hands towards each other.
Leave one cymbal hanging horizontally while holding the other in your hand. Then press the loose cimbaaltje.
Hold each cymbal vertically in your hand, tap the cymbals against each other as two coins.
Hang up the tingsha on a hook and strike the cymbals with a wooden or metal hammer. It is also possible to use different hammers at the same time. This way you get multiple sounds from one tingsha.
For what purposes do you use tingsha’s??
The tingsha gives a clear, high tone that sounds long. This sound resonates with the vibration of your heart. The clear tone also creates a feeling of calm. You can therefore use tingshas very well for attention exercises. Often a tingsha is struck at the beginning and end of a meditation session.
Tingsha’s and feng shui
A tingsha makes you alert and at the same time adds a pure vibration to the environment. Tingsha’s are therefore also used for feng shui. They purify the energy in a space, through which the Qi flows unobstructed. The tingshas are then struck in the four corners of the room. If you prefer sound to the smell of incense or sage, the tingsha is an ideal instrument.
Tingsha’s and healing sound
Tingsha’s speak to our heart chakra with their pure sound. They also have a healing and balancing effect on our aura.
Spiritual instruments at Spiru
At Spiru you will find a wide range of spiritual instruments. In our department “Sound & Sound you will find all the necessities for your personal ritual. Think of singing bowls and rods, bells, gongs and tuning forks. We also have beautiful clothing for your altar. Often handmade and unique. For authentic Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian products you have come to the right place at Spiru!
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