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  • Lessons 14
  • Quizzes 1
  • Assignments 0
  • Discussions 1
  • Duration Unlimited
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The Story of the Gong

 

The gong has been involved in every kind of human activity. Learn about it’s history, power and how it’s different from other instruments.

This introduction normally takes about an hour to complete and provides a sample of what’s to expect in our other courses. It includes video lectures, course content, a quiz and discussion.


 

Learn about the origin of the gong and join us for our other courses:

 

Gong Practitioner

Gong Yoga

Gong Therapy

  • Meet the Gong

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    Course Instructions: Mark as Complete
    1 minutes
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    Welcome!
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    The Story of the Gong
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    The Story of the Gong

    THE STORY OF THE GONG

    The gong has been involved in every kind of human activity, from the earthly to the ethereal. In Buddhist monasteries, gongs call the attention of the gods. In ancient Greece, they open the realm of the dead. In Borneo, they are beaten to frighten away storms. In Ceram, gongs are given as wedding gifts. In Assam, they are used as funeral pyres. During war, gongs intimidate enemies and gather troops. In peace, they celebrate festivals and accompany dances.

     

    Gongs are considered magical by many civilizations. They are used to heal the sick, banish evil spirits, and summon the elements. Even the touch of a gong was said to rid the body of disease and give happiness and strength. Gongs were a sign of prosperity and used as currency. Princes and chiefs demonstrated their wealth and announced their rank by the gong they owned. Oaths were enforced by drinking from a gong. Southeast Asians believe each gong has a soul, and they give them names of respect, such as “Venerable Tiger” or “Sir Earthquake.”

    The gong has played an important role in ceremonies, rituals, and inner journeys among all the world’s peoples. Deaths, births, marriages, and initiations were all accompanied by the sounding of the gong. More than simply a musical instrument, the gong is an agent of transformation. When the gong is played, the body, mind, and spirit change.

     

    For thousands of years, across all civilizations, all who hear it instinctively recognize the power of the gong. So powerful is its sound, the gong became an object of worship to some people, a portal to God for others, and for everyone a presence that demands undivided attention.

    Where does its power come from?

    How is it different from other musical instruments?

    The answers lie within the sound of the gong itself.

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    The Sound of the Gong – Content
    5 minutes
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    The Sound of the Gong – Video
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    The Nature of the Gong
    3 minutes
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    How Gongs are Made
    2 minutes
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    The Origin of the Gong
    3 minutes
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    The Gong in Eastern Music
    7 minutes
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    The Gong in Western Music
    20 minutes
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    Course Instructions: Quizzes
    1 minutes
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    Meet the Gong Quiz
    11 questions
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    Course Instructions: Discussions
    1 minutes
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    What type of gong do you play?
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  • The Next Steps...

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    The Next Steps…
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    Congratulations!
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Mehtab

Mehtab has been playing the gong since 1974 and has trained yoga teachers, therapists and musicians around the world in the art of playing the gong. He is the originator and author of Gong Yoga, the first book on using the gong in the practice of yoga and has since written two additional books on the gong; Teaching Gong Yoga: Theory and Practice and Gong Therapy: Sound Healing & Yoga. Mehtab has taught Kundalini Yoga since 1974 and has trained hundreds of Hatha and Kundalini Yoga teachers. He was a featured instructor in the University of Texas Master Class series where he played the gong and lectured on the practice of yoga. A certified Vedic Astrologer and trainer, Mehtab also offers astrology readings for clients to help them in their selection of Planetary Gongs.