An Amalgamation of Mystery
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I took this picture during the International Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony which was standing in Bodh Gaya (बोधगया), in the Indian state of Bihar.
It was during lunch time, then there was almost no one under the Bodhi Tree which is behind the Mahabodhi Temple, the place of Gautama Buddha’s attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment).
A few monks were ready to settle the altar for the next ceremony, they started to display some compositions made of flowers with fruit and sweet offerings.
Just nearby I saw those ritual trumpets.
During ceremonies Tibetan monks only use wind and percussion instruments but always played in pairs.
The most spectacular of Tibetan ritual horns is the copper Rag-Dung trumpet.
Some stretching as long as twenty feet and they are designed in sections in order to be folded in on themselves for easy transport.
They are surprisingly easy to play, with a mouthpiece very similar to a bugle or trumpet.
Rag Dung is loud and deeply resonant, an altogether engrossing sound.
This sound has the amalgamation of mystery and produces meditative, imagination and healing power.
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