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Blue Bass Drum isaspiritual healing practice, where ancienttraditional shamanic principals, ceremony’s, rituals, etc. are used to assist one in achieving spiritual balance (similar to how the herb, Red Clover, is used for general physical balance). The nameis also used to for all of the various products we offer whether it be music or a physical product. Below are relevantlinks and definitions of relevant terms used throughout this site.

What is Shamanism?

It is an ancient spiritual healing way of life that teaches thatnatures’ creations are all part of us and we of them. Some believe it can bepracticed by anyone willing, because it is part of our birthright. The schoolwhere I studied believed this, and I’m somewhat living proof of it. The wordshamanoriginates from the Tungus tribe in Siberia. Anthropologists beganusing this term to describe a set of spiritual practices that were similar, but not exact, among indigenous tribes from around the world. Similarly,the wordshamanismis used to describe much of the same spiritual practicesof indigenous cultures.

A Shamanic Practitioner

There are quite a few different words to describe a shamanic practitioner. Seems most indigenous people from around the world each had there own word, and in some cases, meanings for the person in the tribe occupying the same, or similar roles as what has been generalized as a shaman.

According to Wikipedia, a shamanic practitioner is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits. The practitioner typically enters into an altered state of consciousness during a ritual, and channels these transcendental energies into this world for the good of humanity. This is done through practices of divination and healing.

Music

In ourexistence, spiritual healing and music go hand in hand. We call the music that we play, shamanic jazz,because the source of this music isshamanic practice. As I have been creating music and journeyingdownmy own path, this term kept coming to me like a billboard. I brushed it off at first, and then one day I googled it, and found out it’s been used for a little while, by various musicians and writers to discuss how shamanic practice is comparableto jazz music. Below are links to some of those articles.

Jazz

A type of music of black American origin that began in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is characterized by improvisation, syncopation, and usually a regular or forceful rhythm. This music began emerging at the beginning of the 20th century. Jazz wasdeveloped as a by product ofragtime and blues . Somebelievethat music and improvisation is the direct result of allowing spirits to speak and communicate through us freely.

Hoodoo, Southern Folk Magic

Hoodoo is spiritual practicecarried to the United States by West Africans. As West Africans were brought to the US as partof the Transatlantic Slave Trade, they brought their spirituality with them. The extent to which their native hoodoo spirituality could be practiced variedby the preferences of the slave owner. The indigenousreligions of Africa were characterized by human well-being controlledby spiritual balance, devotion to a supreme creator and an unlimited number of lesser deities called spirits and ancestors. They also used charms to embody spiritual power.

New Orleans Voodoo

New Orleans or Louisiana Voodoo was also carried to the United States by Africans and Haitians as a result of the slave trade. New Orleans Voodoo has essentially become a spiritual belief system of it’s own, as it borrows from Hoodoo, Haitian Vodun,West African Dahomeyan Vodun and Roman Catholic beliefs. It really is the equivalent of a spiritual gumbo, and in that sense, belongs right in the heart of New Orleans and Louisiana. The core beliefs of Louisiana Voodoo include the recognition of one supreme creator and spirits that ruledaily life and intercede in the lives of their followers when necessary.

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In medieval times blond maidens wore necklaces made of Opals, as it was believed Opals would prevent their hair from losing its blonde color

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