Sacred Beat

From the Heart of the Drum Circle

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Book Details

Pages

224 Pages

Size

5.75 x 6.75

Format

Trade Paperback

Pub. Date

06/01/2003

ISBN

978-1-59003-030-1

Publisher

Red Wheel Weiser

Authors

  • Author Don Waterhawk

  • Author Patricia Telesco

    Patricia Telesco aka Marian Singer is the mother of three, wife, chief human to 5 pets, and a full-time professional author with over 60 books on the market, each of which represents a different area of spiritual interest for her and her readers. Trish travels minimally twice a month to give lectures and workshops around the country. She (or her writing) has appeared on several television segments including Sightings on muli-cultural divination systems and National Geographic Today's Solstice Celebrations. Besides this, Trish maintains a strong, visible presence in the metaphysical community including having given over 300 radio interviews from coast to coast, writings on the internet through popular sites like: www.witchvox.com, her yahoo club: www.groups.yahoo.com/groups/folkmagicwithtrishtelesco, and various appearances on internet chats and bbs boards. Trish considers herself a down-to-earth Kitchen & folk magician whose love of folklore and worldwide customs flavor every word she writes. Her strongest ethical guidelines are honor, respect, and gratitude in all things.

The beat is universal drumming as a way of communicating with other people, spirits, and self exists around the world and throughout time. And contemporary drumming is thriving! In the neopagan community, the most popular festivals and workshops are those that feature drumming circles. In healing centers, nursing homes, women’s centers, and schools across the country, people are forming drumming circles. Sacred Beat honors and explores every aspect of drumming historical, contemporary, practical.

In Part I, Telesco and Waterhawk tell the history of drums and drumming circles and the myths, superstitions, and religions that have grown up around drumming. From West Africa to Tibet, from Siberia to England, from Vietnam to Apache territory, where Fox gave the people drums along with fire come stories about drums, their invention, their use up until contemporary times. People respond almost universally and profoundly to drums to relieve stress, to communicate, to move in rhythm with the universe, to praise their gods. A comprehensive section of practical information follows, with ideas for finding a drum and other rhythmic tools that are right for your vision, caring for and decorating your instrument, drum etiquette, and elements of a good drum circle.

The next section of Sacred Beat is all about drumming in groups different ways it’s being done, from Native American PowWows to Goddess gatherings to community centers, and how to become a part of it. The book closes with a section on creating drumming magic all your own, with meditations, prayers, and divinations to create overall wellbeing and spiritual awareness with drums.

The voice of the drum combines with the voice of the Ancestors, the voice of Spirit, and the voice of our own soul to create a powerful and transformational partnership.

By working with the drum, a person can support this partnership, reach out to the community, touch the earth, and nurture their own spirit.

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