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bullroarer

in The Oxford Companion to Music


Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199579037

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A wooden blade with a hole through which a cord is tied, swung round the player's head so that the blade spins with a sound like that of a roaring bull or thunder. Used worldwide from earliest times as a ritual instrument, often representing an ancestral or spirit voice, it has been adopted latterly in many areas as a noise-maker to protect crops and has now become a child's plaything, so embodying the classic cycle of ritual, tool, and toy....

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