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Back from the gemshow in bangkok we bought the rare stone Sultanite ("Diaspore") against very good prices and furthermore 50-80% DISCOUNT on everything in Hall 2, 3 & 4 Lava outdoor images up to 70% off, all horns, shells and ocean drums also 60-70% Discount. Come quickly, very interesting! Raw stones and Madagascar products from as little as 1.50 / kilo.

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Samba balls (maracas) timber with various hand paintings

Samba balls (maracas) timber with various hand paintings


Samba balls (maracas) timber with various hand paintings


Hand-carved from wood and painted with various designs and colors.


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The maracas (in the vernacular known as maracas) is a musical instrument from the group of idiophones of South and Central American origin. The instrument is of Indian origin. Some South American Indians use one maraca for ritual purposes. The maracas currently consists of two identical shakers (English: shakers), usually played by a vocalist. The traditional form is a gourd, ritual filled with seeds, comprising a wooden handle. Modern forms are made of various materials, including plastics. If the maracas not be moved quickly they produce a hissing sound. For faster movement from the wrist creates a much sharper dry tap. The combination of both makes the instrument sounds typical in many Latin American dances like the rumba, and especially the Mexican mariachi. Maracas are also used in the Orff Instrumentarium. Ever the Dutch comedian André van Duin wrote the carnival song "Samba Maracas" in which ambiguous allusions to the samba were made as "Who wants to get involved beating, with his balls in the size"