Shaman Medicine Bowls are used for the preparation of herbal remedies. Shaman Divination Bowls are associated with rites of passage and healing rituals. They are used to help identify a physical or spiritual weakness and determine a course of action. Both bowl types are similar in appearance and quite rare, not least because Himalayan and Western bowl dealers don’t consider them to be proper (commercial) singing bowls, and choose not to stock them. Personally speaking, I find them culturally, spiritually, and aesthetically very interesting…particularly the rare Lingams and those with inscriptions and dedications. They nearly always have the look and feel of purpose and great antiquity.
Medicine and Divination Bowls are characterized by their fine low walls and flat bottoms, which make them ideal for interpreting vibrant rice patterns when the bowl is struck, and examining egg yolks and entrails. They also sometimes serve as sacred containers for displaying ritual mandalas. Their sonic abilities are probably of secondary importance to shamans, nonetheless they often have very interesting voices when struck or played around the rim.
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