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Shamanic Drum (Tuva Drum)
The Shamanic drum is a mallet membranophone played by the Mongol, Manchu, Daur, Evenki, Oroqen, Hezhen and other ethnic groups

The Shamanic drum is a mallet membranophone played by the Mongol, Manchu, Daur, Evenki, Oroqen, Hezhen and other ethnic groups. It is prevalent in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Hebei and other provinces. It is a single-sided drum commonly known among the people as “the gripping drum”, “the hand drum” or “the sacred drum”. When playing it, the performer holds it by gripping the side of it. The Shamanic drum is representative of the drums among Manchu Shamanic musical instruments. Whether in a royal court or among the people, the Shamanic drum is an essential instrument in Shamantic rituals. The leather surface of the drum is hugely affected by climate. Therefore, it has to be warmed by fire before each performance to tighten its surface so as to ensure the sound quality and volume of the sacred drum.

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