Type: Membranophones > Drums > Frame.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 211.311
Region: South Asia.
Description: A large single-headed frame drum used by the shamans of the Kham-Magar people, in Nepal. An identical instrument, with a diametrical handle fixed to the wooden frame, is used by the Gurung and Thakali who call it by a Tibetan term rnga”, or “phyed-rnga” both Tibetan words mean “half drum”. It is struck with a straight drum stick.
Citations: Bibliography: D. E. Watters; Siberian Shamanistic Traditions among the Khan-Magars of Nepal, Contributions to Nepalese studies, ii/1 1975, 123-68 ; M. Oppitz: Shamanen im blinden land / in English: Shamans in the Blind CountryFrankfurt, 1981 ;