In ancient times of the Matriarchy, the drummers were women. Our herstory proves it in the 100s + 100s of ancient goddess images collected + documented by frame drummer Layne Redmond (rip 1952-2013).
I was moved to create and birth a 'bee frame drum'... for the annual anniversary 'for the bees' art show held at 'The Hive', here on Gabriola Island. This frame drum is my honouring of the sacred bee - for, we wouldn't be here without the bees.
- here's my last year's 'for the bees' submission at the Hive >>
This design is based on the ancient frame drum which was also played as our women ancestors did + still do all over the planet.
This drum has resonators installed in the back so, when played, the frame drum buzzes, sounding and calling the spirit of the sacred bees. This type of 'Bendir' drum is a descendant of the ancient bee priestesses' frame drums, which hummed the world into bee-ing. It is played in the old traditional upright 'frame drum' style with the hands (see goddess image to the right)...
On the front is painted the Hexagon symbol - of all the geometric shapes in sacred geometry, the hexagon is arguably the most powerful and fascinating + ancient. It is found in many spiritual symbols such as the Star of David, the Tree of Life in the Kabbalah and the Hagal Rune composed by ancient tribes of northern Europe, and so much more.
The frame drum is birthed in white Goat rawhide. The spirit of Goat helps us and the bees to 'stand our ground'... and helps us with sure-footedness and balance.... We can call on the spirit of goat when we need independence coupled with plenty.... and, when we are ready to take on something new, and there is no need for guilt. Goat spirit helps with gaining confidence and firm cornerstones for personal or spiritual development. For those who find themselves stuck or wholly misplaced, the spirit of goat gets you moving again - Let that energy take you where you need to be for finding answers. Goat may not move swiftly, but slow and steady is best when you start losing balance... Once you’re on your way with goat guiding, you’ll find the determination necessary for success.
Note: This frame drum size birthed... 11.5 inches in diameter with a maple wood hoop in goat hide, painted in gold + red acrylics...
I'm very proud how my first traditional 'women's' frame drum came into 'bee-ing'... and the process and connecting in with the sacred bees taught me a lot... I'm also excited to report that this special sacred drum has found it's new caretaker, being a part of a thriving women's counselling practice in Vancouver, BC...
If you wish to have a sacred frame drum birthed like this one or other, i invite you to visit my drum shop here on this page >> I am open to discussing what's possible and honoured to birth a special sacred drum especially for you or your loved one...
with brightest blessings... weaver x (((o)))
Click the images above to enlarge + below, a short video to have a listen to this bee drum...
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