The didgeridoo is probably the world’s oldest musical instrument, originating in the world’s oldest continuous culture: the indigenous peoples of Australia, whose culture is believed to be at least 40,000 years old.
It is a musical instrument with resonant properties. The size of the Didgeridoo also known as a “Drone Pipe” varies from 3 to 10 feet. The length is directly related to the pitch or key of the instrument. This instrument bonds with the player and teaches the player how to use it therapeutically. It has a very soulful sound that vibrates as it seems to open emotions and blocked chakras in a person’s energy field.
The didgeridoo is played with continuously vibrating lips to produce the drone while using a special breathing technique called circular breathing. This requires breathing in through the nose whilst simultaneously expelling stored air out of the mouth using the tongue and cheeks. By use of this technique, a skilled player can replenish the air in their lungs, and with practice can sustain a note for as long as desired. Recordings exist of modern didgeridoo players playing continuously for more than 40 minutes.
Authentic Aboriginal didgeridoos are produced in traditionally oriented communities in Northern Australia or by makers who travel to Central and Northern Australia to collect the raw materials. They are usually made from hardwoods, especially the various eucalyptus species that are endemic to the region. Generally the main trunk of the tree is harvested, though a substantial branch may be used instead.
Aboriginal didgeridoo craftsmen hunt for suitably hollow live trees in areas with obvious termite activity. Termites attack these living eucalyptus trees, removing only the dead heartwood of the tree, as the living sapwood contains a chemical that repels the insects.
Various techniques are employed to find trees with a suitable hollow, including knowledge of landscape and termite activity patterns, and a kind of tap or knock test, in which the bark of the tree is peeled back, and a fingernail or the blunt end of a tool, such as an axe is knocked against the wood to determine if the hollow produces the right resonance.
Once a suitably hollow tree is found, it is cut down and cleaned out, the bark is taken off, the ends trimmed, and the exterior is shaped; this results in a finished instrument. This instrument may be painted or left undecorated. A rim of beeswax may be applied to the mouthpiece end. Traditional instruments made by Aboriginal craftsmen in Arnhem Land are sometimes fitted with a “sugarbag” mouthpiece. This black beeswax comes from wild bees and has a distinctive aroma.
The didgeridoo has apparently been known to indigenous Australians throughout the entire history of their culture. Indeed, some Dreamtime stories mention the didgeridoo in a prominent role.
Dreamtime is the “time before time,” that is, the time before the world and the things in it took on their present-day forms, and when the gods were still actively present in the world.
One Dreamtime story explains how a particular god carried his didgeridoo by tying it to his back so that it stuck out behind. When the god later transformed into a bird, the didgeridoo sticking out behind became the bird’s long, narrow tail.
In another Dreamtime story, three gods get together to play didgeridoo, sing, and dance. In this story the gods also have bird-forms; Giddabush (a bird also known as the “long-tailed fashion”) is the didgeridoo player, the Butcher bird plays clapsticks and sings, and the Piwi bird dances. As they play, dance, and sing, they name (and hence create) all of the things in the world. When they have finished their work of naming things, Giddabush, Butcher bird, and Piwi pass on the didgeridoo, clapsticks, songs, and dances to humans, and the indigenous
Australians have in turn passed these things down from generation to generation. Given that these Dreamtime stories show the didgeridoo as an essential tool in the creation of the world as well as a device invented directly by the gods, it isn’t surprising that the didgeridoo is a sacred instrument.
Now that our Little Engine The Could project is over, I’ll be working behind the scenes getting ready for the next project which is due to begin May 15.
I think we are going to do a project based on the Abundance Formula by Astarius, featuring didgeridoo, chanting, and a collection of talks. I’ll have more information on this next project soon.
If you have any ideas about what you might like to explore in the future, please, leave a comment and let me know.
In the interim, I’ll be moving the Feng Shui and Decluttering project we did way back in 2007. Those posts, which were originally uploaded to our old blogger blog, will be back dated to reflect the original project, and the comments will also be transferred.
Hi guys. I’m about halfway through with the migration of our Gypsy Magic project from blogger to its new home here. It’s been really fun and interesting to revisit the comments and the posts from 10 + years ago.
Our countdown timer says we have only a week until the next project begins. It occurred to me that we just spent 30 days saying “I AM.” And I can say with complete confidence and absolute certainty that “I AM a being of Violet Fire.” But I am also a number of other things as well. And some of those other things… Well… you know. They’re not so great, actually.
So I wanted to do a project to help me to define who I really am, what it is that I really want, what do I have to work with, what are my strengths, my weaknesses, the challenges and obstacles, and I’m hoping that in the process of this self exploration, I will begin to create a plan for my life that actually works. A plan that works because it’s based on the reality of who I really am.
I think I’m going to call it, Laying The Groundwork. The idea will be to create a foundation; to explore the basics or fundamentals of who we are, what we want, and what it is that we have to work with.
I thought it would be interesting to explore some of the following questions:
- Who are we really?
- What are our raw materials?
- What does prosperity actually look like?
- What are our strengths?
- Our weaknesses?
- Our fatal flaws?
- Our greatest assets?
- How do we create roadblocks to our success?
- And why?
If anyone has any thoughts, ideas, insights, revelations, questions, or comments. Please, I’d love to hear them. This next project is still feeling very nebulous.
We’ve finished our Violet Flame project, and I’d like to take a few days to migrate the Gypsy Magick, Does it work? project from its original home on blogger, to its new home here at shirleytwofeathers.com. I will be back dating the posts to match the original dates of the project. We practiced Gypsy Magick way back in November of 2006… can you believe it was that long ago?
In the interim, I’ll be sharing the Gypsy Magick posts on the Facebook page, just in case anyone is interested in trying one or two of them. Because I’m trying to get this done in a hurry, I will be uploading way more than one post a day. Not sure if I’ll share all of them on the Facebook page or just a few. What do you guys think?
Our next project is due to begin on Feb 15th. I’ll be posting about it in a day or two… so stay tuned. In the mean time, I’ll leave you with an old Gypsy saying:
Go with God!
Stay with God!
Go, for God’s sake!
Stay, for God’s sake!
Or as a Transylvanian Gypsy would say:
So I’ve decided to move The Prosperity Project. My idea is to move the blog posts from blogger in the order in which they were originally posted, and then back date them so that the dates match. While I’m at it, I’m going to move the comments as well. And then, once an entire project is moved, I’ll redirect those posts from blogger to shirleytwofeathers.com and start on the next one.
At the same time, I’m planning on starting a whole new project on Jan 1st. The new project will be posted in real time, and I’ll be continuing to move the older projects as fast as I can … This all sounds wonderfully complicated. And I hope I’m not biting off too much more than I can chew! LOL. But we’ll see how it goes.
If you’ve wandered onto this site in the last week or two, I apologize for the disarray… it’s not quite finished. I still have tweaks and perks to add to the basic layout, and the Inspiration and Insight page on the main site isn’t updated at all yet. I’m sure it’s a hot mess!
Nevertheless… I love that you’re here already!! Bear with me, I’ll get the subscription forms and all the links and everything up and double checked pretty soon!