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Drum Paintings by Joska Soos
In certain shamanic traditions, the shaman's drum is painted with symbolic figures which have a special meaning to the shaman.
Sometimes the drum is also 'initiated', that is, it undergoes a ceremony during which the drum 'comes alive'.
Joska painted drum for those who requested it. The symbols he used where based on his light-sound experiences.
Joska's description of the symbols he used for his own drum:
(from the book I Don't Heal, I Restore the Harmony)
"My drum has a
diameter of 50 cm.
It's an initiated drum , that is to say it has been initiated with a
special ritual, during which the potentialities of the shaman arise in
the form of images.
These images, for example, a certain tree or an animal, give by
themselves strength, and can be called upon.
this way guardian spirits can also present themselves.
When I had my drum inaugurated in 1976 there were immediately five
guardian spirits, and a few weeks later there were two more.
Now there are twenty-seven.
picture courtesy of Frank Morant
This was Joska Soos' very first drum, made in 1975-1976
Drum painted for one of his students.
photo courtesy of Frank Morant
Drums Painted and Initiated by Joska Soos
His drum was imitated during a shamanization (Nov. 5, 2003) in which Joska used several ritual instruments, such as the conch shell, the mala, the skull-drum..., and then blew life into the drum.
(Eric is also sharing text and pictures of Joska here)
Description of the symbols:
In the middle is the sun, surrounded by the stars
At the bottom is the moon
At the top is the Polar Star
Left is the female aspect (with animus)
Right is the male aspect (with anima)