Interesting Places and Sacred Geography

There are many interesting places in the world with sacred geography and beliefs that accompany the sacredness of the landscape. One such place is Austrailia, where the indigenous Aboriginal people hold in their beliefs that the earth is composed of couplets that are songs in which each person is born into. They have a wonderful belief about our relationship to the earth, and sound and vibration are integrally mixed into the cosmology of the Aboriginal people.  Perhaps you know of the instrument that is familiar to the Aboriginal people called the  Didgerido which makes a very low resonant tone that can be felt in the bones of your body. Pitz Quattrone talks about the didgeridoo in his article, “Obsessed, The Didgeridoo.”

I taught myself how to make “didges” from bamboo, sunflower stalks and softwood tree branches. I learned to do circular breathing, which means forcing out a mouthful of air with your cheeks while taking in air up your nose to allow for continuous play (go ahead: try that). I loved the physical vibrations and the wild sound pouring out the end of a five-foot-long hollow tree branch. I wanted to share it with everybody so I traveled the New England and Mid-Atlantic music fest/craft show circuits selling my handmade didges and performing with regional musicians.

 

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The didgeridoo is not the only interesting instrument of sound within the context of sacred geography. One of my favorite books about interesting places and sacred geography is Paul Devereux’s book, Sacred Geography. He goes through places all over the world that have hidden codes in the landscape. It is a fascinating book with beautiful photographs and interesting content. There is a chapter on Fairy Music, or rock acousics, which have been around for thousands of years. Devereux says that lithophones have been around since the Paleolithic time, where sounds are produced by striking the rocks including the stalagtites and stalagmites in the the Grotte de Clamouse, Languedoc, France. So you see, there are numerous interesting places and sacred geography.

Read more about Pitz Quattrone’s article about didgeridoo’s here, and look below for Paul Devereax’s book, Sacred Geography.

 

 

Sacred Geography: Deciphering Hidden Codes in the Landscape

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