Answered By: Gloria Korsman
Last Updated: Aug 05, 2015     Views: 26

The Encyclopedia of Religion article on "Drums" makes cursory reference to the drum you describe (Sanskrit: kāpāla-ḍamaru):

General works on Buddhist drums are unavailable; and on drum symbolism, only Rinjing Dorje and Ter Ellingson's article "Explanation of the Secret Gcod Ḍa ma ruʾ: An Exploration of Musical Instrument Symbolism," Asian Music (1979): 63–91, gives Buddhist primary source material, a text on the symbolism of a Tibetan drum.

I suggest that you follow up on the above cited article in Asian Music in JSTOR.

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