SPREAD OF THE RAIN DRUM THROUGHUT ASIA

SPREAD OF THE RAIN DRUM THROUGHUT ASIA

Through early trade and perhaps emigration, the rain drum made its way from Vietnam to much of Asia. Ancient specimens have been unearthed in South China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, West Malaysia, Burma, Madagascar, Borneo, the Philippines’s, and especially throughout most of Indonesia. Within the immense expanse of the Indonesian archipelago, rain drums of considerable age have been found in Sumatra, Java, Bali, Alor, Flores, Sulawesi, and even as far west as Irian Jaya (now called West Papua).

The age of many of the rain drums found outside of Vietnam evidences an early spread. For example, a 2000 year old Dongson drum has been found in Sulawesi and many ancient "moko drums" have been found on the Indonesian island of Alor.

The Dongson culture may have introduced the rain drum, but most of the Southeast Asian peoples assimilated this art form into their own cultures. Each may have developed unique styles, but most of the motifs evident in the oldest of recovered Dongson drums are present in the rain drums made today. The rain drum lives on through the skilled artistry of bronze craftsmen in such places as Vietnam, Indonesia, Burma, and Thailand
SPREAD OF THE RAIN DRUM THROUGHUT ASIA