Sang Tang Acacia Wood Chod practice damaru for practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. Made of sengdeng (acacia wood) and brocade inner band. Shell ring around the handle. The chöpen of the damaru is made of brocade and the box of cotton with velcro and threads for closing.
The brocade and motifs on the box may vary from those on the photo. Using authentic Chod Damaru is a tremendous help to the depth, power and benefit of your Chod practice, both for yourself, to heal others, and to heal the environment. Damarus of all types are traditionally made with a long band or tail called a chöpen.
The chöpen is attached to the end of the drum handle so that it shakes while the drum is being played. They are commonly made of brocade or silk, using the colours of the tantric elements.
In the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the damaru is part of a collection of sacred pieces and the musical instrument was adopted from the tantric practices of ancient India. These reached the Himalayas from the 8th to 12th century, persisting in Tibet as Vajrayana practice flourished, even when it disappeared into the subcontinent of India.
Hand drum (Skt.: damaru): a double-sided drum made of wood played in the right hand by twisting the wrist and causing the two beaters to beat against the taut skins of the drum usually made of leather or snakeskin. The damaru is a common ritual object of India. In Tantric Buddhism the drum is often placed alongside the two main ritual objects, the vajra and the bell. The dissipating sound of the drum represents emptiness.