The history of singing bowl has a difficult past to trace many people believe that it's the obscurity of the singing bowl origin that gi...
There are many different opinions on who or how singing bowls were made in the ancient times, but many scholars point to the shamanistic traditions that reached the region through trade routes from Mongolia, India and China. During the early seventh century A.D. traders and travels caravanning through Tibet helped bridge Mongolian shamanism and Indian Buddhism in the region, creating Tibetan Buddhism. The new religion had two branches of influence; Lamaism, which is basically Buddhism, and the Bon religion, which is now considered a shamanistic branch of Buddhism.
Some believe that with the trade routes came metal smiths that created the singing bowls. But no one really knows whether the bowls were made for their own accord or if they were commissioned by monks. Either way, the metal alloys used to make early singing bowls tell of a special
process that had to require very specific knowledge of metallurgy that still to this day can not be exactly recreated. Legend has it that traditionally the early singing bowls were made from the seven metals that represent the known planets of the time:
- Gold - the Sun
- Silver - the Moon
- Copper - Venus
- Iron - Mars
- Tin - Jupiter
- Lead - Saturn
- Mercury - Mercury *If this is also included it is called "Asthdhaatu"=EIGHT METAL normally 7 metals are used and we are trying to make and sold including 8th metal its more vibrant as wel as the tonal quality is ossum so obviously its more expensive too.
Commonly known as the "roof of the world," the mountains of the Himalayan region have abundant amounts of rock and core and very little clay, which is on one of the reasons given for why so many different metals were used in the making of the bowls. The actual proportion of the metal tends to vary in each bowl, giving each bowl its unique sound. In fact many of the earlier bowls don't even have all seven alloys in their makeup since many of the metal smiths were travelers and had no way to carry all of the different metals with them.
One of the most important factors in discovering what metals are in a bowl is learning what region it comes from. It's said that a singing bowl from Tibet is generally made with more silver and tin, giving it a more dull sheen, why bowls from the Nepalese region have a more golden radiance to them. But the only true way to discover the metal makeup of a singing bowl is to have it break and to do a cross section analysis of the metal. Scientists have discovered that most of the bowls seen today are made up of copper, tin and iron and that none of the bowls have ever tested positive for mercury or lead; leading some of the researchers to believe that the seven metals used in the production of earlier singing bowls was more of a myth, especially since the bowls were also supposedly used for cooking and cooking.
To make the bowls it is believed that the ancient metal smiths would pour the liquid metal onto a flat stone and let it cool as a metal plate. They would then return and begin to beat the plate with a hammer; stretching the metal and creating a bowl. The metal smiths would then decorate the bowls with designs or engravings. Many of the bowls that were of the same size and shape were made, but all still had different sounds to them; meaning that a customer could pick and choose which bowl truly spoke to them.
Now a days, there are 7 NOTES i.e. A, B, C, D, E, F & G sound set of bowls are available which mostly used for music making and its vibrant sound is recorded for DHYANA. This would also help explain why there are still so many bowls in circulation, even though the bowls have not been made in the traditional way for about the past 50 years. Singin Bowl mainly have two types of manufacturing methods firstly Hand Pressed and other is of Sand Casting Methods. The Bowls usually made of this now a days only.
While many natives of the region refuse to admit any knowledge of the metal bowls being used in any way other than as eating dishes, there is good reason for the silence and supposed secrecy. If the bowls were really made by traveling shamans and if they were used in monasteries behind closed doors for rituals, the silence of the people makes sense since Buddhism is the dominant religion in the Himalayan region and there is no record of singing bowls having an official capacity in the religion. No one wants to admit they own the bowls and use them in rituals that tend to be more based in shamanistic rituals instead of Buddhist ceremonies. However, everyone does need dishes to eat out of, allowing for the singing bowls to be sold and displayed openly, no matter what there use. In fact some scholars believe that eating out of the singing bowls might even provide healing powers from the minerals in the bowls, however eating out of them is not recommended.