Rice Drum and Rice, how many relatives are there?
Drums are musical instruments, rice is food. So does the rice drum have any roots attached to the rice we eat every day? Let's explain the origin of the name of this tambourine with Khi - Viet Linh Than Thoai Ki!
1 NAME, 3 EXPLANATIONS
Derived from the original name of the tambourine, ancient Sanskrit (there are also documents written as Sanskrit). In Sanskrit it means rice, and in ancient times it means drum.
According to folklore, it originates from the fact that drummers often use two small crushed rice balls to place between the two drum faces. In the book Cam Vietnam, Toan Anh (Vietnamese culture researcher) wrote: "The rice drum is a completely Vietnamese drum. The body is long and small. When beating the drum, you do not use a stick but use two hands to clap. On both sides of the drum, when playing, there are usually two small balls of sticky rice. Perhaps because of these two balls of sticky rice, the drum is named rice drum."
According to the legend passed down, there is a sad love story between a poor scholar and a rich lady. Returning to his hometown after 3 years of applying, he learned that she was no longer alive. He created a small long drum, with two small rice balls attached on both sides, to commemorate the memory of the past when she brought him rice to eat. The empty string worn around his neck in white cloth means he mourns her (You can read the story in detail through the ad link placed in the comments section).
SO HOW DOES RICE HELP FOR THE DRUM?
People put sticky rice on the drum's surface to determine the sound. The part of the drum surface covered with rice has a low vibration frequency, making the sound deeper. The part with less rice makes the sound higher.
Rice to cover the drum must be mashed until soft. All the rice grains blend together into a mass like a handful of dough, with absolutely no visible rice grains left.
The rice filling on the two sides of the drum is also different, one is wide and the other is narrow with a circular area of about 4 to 6 cm. When clapping, 4 fingers are close together (except the thumb), clapping directly on the rice padding on the drum surface.
Although there are different explanations, it can be seen that the name rice drum comes from putting rice on the drum surface to determine the sound. So we can see how rich our ancestors' creativity was in ancient cultural life!