History of the Gong


     "Do you know that our soul is composed of harmony?" ~ Leonardo da Vinci    

The existence of the gong dates back to the Bronze Age, around 3500 BC and the main gong producing areas were believed to be Burma, China, Java and Annam. For centuries a gong was viewed as a symbol of status and success among Asian families and the  secrets of gong making were closely guarded.  Since the time of Buddha in 600 BC, all sacred Chinese gongs have been inscribed with the two Mandarin Chinese characters “Tai Loi”, which means happiness has arrived.

Some of the ancient uses for the gong include meditation, healing, communication, and announcing the beginning of ceremonies.  Gongs were also used in European orchestras from 1790 onwards and are currently a part of orchestras around the world. 

Gongs are made of a bronze alloy which consists of approximately 75 percent copper, 20 percent tin and 5 percent nickel. They are prayerfully hand hammered and refined by the artisans whose soul is imbued in the finished product. According to Don Conreaux, “gong makers believed that a gong could only succeed with the help of higher powers.”

Touching a gong is believed to bring a person good luck, health and happiness; however, it is important to have permission to approach a gong. Respect for the physical gong and the spirit of the gong is of primary importance. 

The gong is named after the sound it makes - in essence, it ‘is’ what it ‘does’, “an engine of power releasing tone resonance and complex harmonics that are transferred to the recipient.” Don Conreaux

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