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About the Gongs


Judy playing the Paiste Earth gong at Lake Tahoe.

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How it feels. When played by a skilled artist, the gong’s deep vibrations move around and through your body in a most delightful and amazing way. You can feel tingling in your body and receive creative inspirations in your mind. The gong will also wash negative emotions out of your body and fill you with love and bliss. Most newcomers to this are in awe that the vibrations have such an unexpected and awesome impact on the body and mind.

How we use them. 
Gongs facilitate healing and provide musical entertainment in sound concerts and other events. Tibetan monks and others around the world use the gong for meditation, celebrations, weddings and funerals. Gong players also use the gong at grand openings, and at many other special events—even at birthings. Soft gonging often accompanies yoga, qigong and tai chi sessions. Gongs bring peace and joy in hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, yoga studios, schools and at festivals of all types.

What it does
. Sound therapists use the gong to invite the body, mind, and spirit into balance. The healing harmonic vibrations enter the body, where organs and cells vibrate in sympathetic resonance, urging the body to return to its natural, healthy state. While in a meditative state, physical, mental, and emotional stresses are released. If recipients allow the monkey chatter of their left brains to stop, the vibrations will open the right brain to spiritual inspiration from beyond the finite self.

Judy uses the gong and Himalayan singing bowls in group gong meditations, for concerts, special events and church services and in private sessions (contact Judy).


About the Gong
History and use. The hanging gong is a spiritual instrument, made of metal alloys like those used in church bells and Himalayan brass singing bowls. Gongs originated over 4,000 years ago in Asia. Their ancient uses were for enlightenment and exorcism of negative spirits. Ancient Chinese also used the gong to clear the streets for police processionals and to call peasants in from the fields. The Japanese used the gongs for signaling the start of sumo wrestling competitions.


Ancient gongs came in at least 7 different shapes, and the art of making gongs was veiled in magic. Today’s gongs are flat “tam tams,” bossed gongs (with a slightly raised or knobbed center), and can be seen in other unusual shapes made by artists such as metal crafter Steve Hubback. Gongs are made in China, Thailand, Japan, Italy, Burma, and many other countries. The most commonly used gongs are Chinese Wind, Chinese Chao, and German made Paiste orchestral gongs.



The Paiste Earth gong is tuned to the frequency of the Earth as it orbits around the sun--the universal OM. It fundamental note vibrates at 136.1 Hz. -- C# in the Indian tradition. This gong speaks to the listener’s heart.

Where to buy gongs. 
I recommend Andrew at Gongs Unlimited. He has a good variety of interesting and high quality gongs and mallets, great prices, and terrific customer service. He takes plenty of time to answer your questions. Tell him Judy Strauss sent you.

Paiste gongs are made entirely by hand in Germany of a metal alloy including copper and nickel. Paiste makes nearly 20 planetary gongs, featuring a strong fundamental note tuned to represent a natural harmonic series based on the orbital properties of the Sun, the Earth, the Moon and the other planets as calculated by physicist Hans Cousto. Paiste makes many other fine gongs as well, many of which are used in orchestras worldwide. See how they are made

Copyright 2013 / Judy Strauss