Secrets of Bali
by Jonathan Copeland
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These bells are made in Bali by highly skilled craftsmen, who specialize in forging bells and delicately tuned gamelan orchestral instruments. They belong to the ancient Balinese clan of blacksmiths called Pandť, who have been handing down their secrets from generation to generation since the Bronze Age.
They begin work on auspicious days and supply bells to Balinese high priests for use in important religious ceremonies and rituals. Hindu traditions long preceded Christianity in their use of bells. In Bali, there is even a day, called Tumpek Landep, which is sacred for metal objects.
The best metal for bells is bronze, 88 per cent copper and 12 per cent tin, but for special occasions, we can supply bells in pure gold.
Based on continuous experience and intricate calculations, the craftsmen decide on the exact shape and properties of each bell. There are two factors to be considered, tone and tuning.
Any vibrating thing produces several notes simultaneously. These are more clearly heard in a bell than any other vibrating instrument. Subtle methods are required to achieve perfect tuning and prevent a jangle of incompatible sounds.
A note is assigned to a bell and called the Strike Note. It is accompanied by numerous Overtones. A deeper tone persists after these have died out and is called the Hum Note.
Through years of careful study and techniques passed down from father to son, our craftsmen are able to secure perfect tuning for the Strike Note, the Overtones and the Hum Note. It is not an easy business.
The bells they make are of the highest quality. For Space Clearing, meditation and religious purposes, it is very important to use high quality bells for their pure, resonant tone.
It grows on tall trees in the humid forests of Bali, usually near water. The baskets are smoked over honey and coconut fires, which give them their rich caramel color.
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