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Post  AgathonZante on Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:11 pm

Were there any practices in the temples or cults besides the typical purification and prayers and sacrifices? Was there any kind of music, or bells or meditative sounds or ques that went along with the worship?

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Post  Erodius on Sun Jun 26, 2016 1:38 pm

Sacrifices were typically accompanied by flute music, partially with the intent to drown out any potentially inauspicious sounds.

The cult of Attis and Cybele were strongly associated with raucous music of drums, tambourines and cymbals, and flutes and drums similarly with Dionysiac cults.

If you're interested, I would recommend perusing the music of groups like Synaulia, Musica Romana, Michael Levy, Petros Tabouris, and De Organographia, who perform both authentic fragments of ancient music, as well as contemporary compositions based on ancient musical scales and using reconstructed instruments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJLXyBzMci0&list=PL2A59581D3947E064

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X83IYWmcEFg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elERNFoEf3Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gAP62Cm3Tg&list=PLdrOxgL7g6xYnhJhGjZ737dB75k9W7b8b




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Re: General Temple and Cult

Post  AgathonZante on Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:42 pm

Cymbals? So mean like gongs?

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Re: General Temple and Cult

Post  Thrasyvoulos on Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:05 am

AgathonZante wrote:Cymbals? So mean like gongs?

Cymbals and gongs are very similar, but gongs are usually larger and always thicker; causes a deeper note to resonate when it's struck. Also, cymbals are usually clashed together, whereas a gong is usually struck with a mallet. Either one could work in the context of this question.
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