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.

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Prices of Tingshaws

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These are the heavier Cymbals, not the lightweight ones.
67mm Small R380.00
75mm Medium R420.00

These prices fluctuate slightly with the international exchange ratings.This is an information website. Purchases are made by contacting me directly. 021 7869325 / 083 509 5505


Tingshaws, like singing bowls, are made of 7 different metals and produce a shimmering and sustained ring. They produce a high-pitched percussive sound when struck together, which varies according to their size, weight and the metal they are made of.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.

Manjira is a traditional percussion instrument from India. In its simplest form, it consists of a pair of small hand cymbals. Manjiras are commonly played in folk and devotional music. They are played in various religious events and ceremonies in India and especially in bhajans. Manjiras are ancient musical instruments. Manjiras can be seen in many ancient temple pictures.

Also known as Tingshas, Tingshaws, Hand Cymbals, Handbells, Manjira Bells, Taal, Kartal, Gini


I sell Tingshas & do not sell larger Tibetan cymbals.

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).

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).


In the West they represent the 2 hemispheres of the earth and the motion of the elements.

They 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.

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