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date: 14 November 2019

Dyaḥokhīĩm [dyokhim] (‘god drum’)locked

  • Gert-Matthias Wegner
  •  and Simonne Bailey


[dyokhim] (‘god drum’)

Barrel drum of Nepal. The wooden body is about 75 cm long, the cowhide heads 30 and 20 cm in diameter and tuned with paste. The higher-pitched head is named Nāsaḥ after the Newar god of music and the lower is named Makah after the god Mahankal. The drum is played by the hands and accompanies Aṩṭamātṛka masked dances in the Kathmandu Valley, e.g. the Navadurgā pyākhã in Bhaktapur and Theco, the Jala pyākhã in Harisiddhi, and the Pacāli Bhairav pyākhã in Kathmandu. These drums are decorated with ram horns. Attached to the Bhaktapur dyaḥokhīĩm is a small silver mask of Mahakali and a silver container of soot from the annual sacrifice of the Kame buffalo. The soot is used to decorate the dancers’ foreheads and transport them into a trance.

T. Korvald: ‘The Dancing Gods of Bhaktapur and their Audience’, Anthropology of Nepal: Peoples, Problems and Processes, ed. ...

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