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These ancient percussion instruments date back to 3000 BC and are still widely used today. In ceremony they symbolize contact with the heavens, and in Tibetan temples they are sounded in reverence of Buddhist deities.


Ritual music in Tibet is believed to have been originally transmitted by female yoginis of the pure realms. Tibetan musical modes correspond to four activities, those of pacifying, enriching, magnetizing and destroying. Monastic cymbals are used in peaceful and wrathful rituals. They are played using the lightest ring of sound, to clashing, rolling, rotating and muting techniques.

Tingsha (Tibetan: sil snyan) are small flat cymbals, associated with female divinities.
There are larger high-domed cymbals (Tibetan: rolmo) which emit vibrations relating to peaceful & wrathful deities & Dharmapalas (protectors).
I supply & sell Tingshas & do not sell these larger Tibetan cymbals.

Tibetan instrumental music is divided into four orchestral sections: percussive (drums), ringing (handbells & cymbals), wind (horns & conches) and plucked (stringed instruments which are not actually employed in ritual music, but their harmonic presence is acoustically imagined).

Tingshaws, like singing bowls, are made of 7 different metals and produce a shimmering and sustained ring. They are used as a sonic focus for MEDITATION summoning attention to the here and now. They are also used to indicate the beginning and the ending of meditations.

In FENG SHUI objects that create sound, attract beneficial energies, happiness and success to the home. The sound of these small cymbals is used for clearing and cleansing space environments, so that the area is once more 'open' and harmonious.
Based on the principles of Feng Shui, Tingshaws and all objects of Sound are used by practitioners to restore vitality and harmony in energetically discordant, dead and emotionally draining areas of one’s home or workplace. Alternatively, they are used to quieten and harmonize a fragmentary vortex of energy.


In the West they represent the 2 hemispheres of the earth and the motion of the elements. Buddhist with CymbalsBuddhist with CymbalsThey were used together with the drum & tambourine in ecstatic dancing, especially in the mythic rites of Dionysos / Bacchus and Cybele / Attis.


In China, music entails the study of the Five Elements governing the Laws of the Universe. Musical instruments are said to have been invented by the legendary Emperor Fu His 2953 BC. Today the Chinese divide their instruments into 8 categories, corresponding with the Eight Diagrams or Pa Kua - Stone, Metal, Silk (stringed), Bamboo, Wood, Skin, Gourd, and Clay. Metal instruments include: bell, gong, chimes, cymbals & trumpet.

Prices of Tingshaws

These are the heavier Cymbals, not the lightweight ones.
75mm diameter Tingshaws R290.00

Please understand that these prices fluctuate slightly with the international exchange ratings.
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