Scribblings by Sarah

Three Spirits

The djembe is West Africa’s best known instrument. This goblet-shaped drum is traditionally carved from a single piece of African hardwood and topped with animal skin. Its name is derived from “Dje” (gather) and “be” (everyone).

It is said, each drum contains three spirits – that of the tree, the animal whose skin is played, and the carver who chiseled and shaped the wood.

The djembe is a vessel for these spirits to come through. The sound is past, present and future; that which is not in us until it comes into consciousness through our hands and into the world.

By Sarah ©2019

My beautiful Ghanan 13” djembe

My beautiful Ghanan 13” djembe
The inside of my djembe chiseled out by hand

Carrot Ranch, March 14: Flash Fiction Challenge. Prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a chisel. Use chisel as a noun or a verb. Think about what might be chiseled, who is chiseling. Be the chisel. Go where the prompt leads!

7 thoughts on “Three Spirits”

  1. I just learned some stuff I never knew before! I’m listening to djembe videos on Youtube now and I love the rhythms and want to try it myself. Do you play in a group with other drummers?

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    1. I do play in a group every Wednesday. It is awesome fun but also (weirdly) relaxing and a kind of therapy! You should definitely try it if you can. Warning: it’s highly addictive!


      1. Are they loud? Like loud enough for the neighbors in my building to hear? I saw a bunch for sale on Amazon and some are affordable. I can believe its therapeutic and that the rhythms are relaxing.


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