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bullroarer

bull·roar·er

 (bo͝ol′rôr′ər)
n.
A small wooden slat attached to a string that makes a roaring noise when whirled.

bullroarer

(ˈbʊlˌrɔːrə)
n
(Instruments) a wooden slat attached to a thong that makes a roaring sound when the thong is whirled: used esp by native Australians in religious rites
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The singing dunes serve as a leitmotif for the arrival of the airplane--which finds its form with the help of a chorus of bullroarers causing the air to vibrate, evoking the din of an approaching engine.
The New Year and Christmas Romanian custom, many centuries old, is that those who go caroling and bidding the best for the year that is about to begin, with bullroarers or Little Plough poems, the goat sketch, Sorcova (a sort of enchantment, old and heathen, spoken on the first morning of the year) and Steaua, referring to the "star in the east" (said to have led the three wise men to where Christ was born) reenactment tradition, wear masks and are organized into bands.
Ora Barlow, a Maori woman from New Zealand spoke of over 200 indigenous Maori instruments, which were lost when Christian missionaries discouraged their usage and then of a recent revival of some, including bullroarers and ocarinas associated with ancient myths of their people and land.
On Tuesday from 1-3pm enjoy Australian Family Fun and create your own piece of Aboriginal artwork, didgeridoos, boomerangs, bullroarers and more.
The great sacred and secret totem boards were brought to me, and the smaller boards and bullroarers placed round about me, while all the men present chanted the sacred totem songs and waved green branches to and fro as we sat in a great circle round the 'totem' (dhu'gurr) fire.
In order of frequency the types were: boomerangs, shields, spear throwers, clubs, containers (coolamons, plates, boxes), walking sticks, stockwhip handles, bullroarers and other miscellaneous objects (including table tops).
La Perouse was the central distribution and manufacture point for this school of artists, who specialised in elaborately decorated boomerangs, shields, clubs and sometimes bullroarers.
It was some time since any central men's houses had been built there, so it happened that these bachelor quarters also housed men's ritual paraphernalia such as secret gourd instruments, bullroarers, drums, and dance ornaments.
I remain fascinated by his description of Lenten-time customary uses of clappers, inasmuch as groggers (clappers) and bullroarers have been sounded since the Talmudic era by Jews celebrating Purim, a holiday that occurs about the same time of year as Lent.
In many instances, music has represented a knowledge that men want to possess exclusively, causing women to be prohibited from the performance of certain instruments such as drums or even phallic-associated instruments such as flutes or bullroarers (Robertson, 1987).
Silverman discusses various objects and practices (anal birthing symbolism of the flutes, bullroarers, totemic excrement, riverine mud, and the myth and the rite of initiation), all of them affirming men's envy of female fertility and the masculinization of motherhood.
The ability of Whites to control truth was believed to reside in their ability to conceal throug h more powerful and cunning ways than the Kaliai, who sometimes saw themselves as trapped in the false concealing practices of tradition -- like bullroarers, tumbuan masks and other secret cult items of the men's house (Lattas 1992b).