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A Bull-Roarer is a noise maker.  When put into the motion of rapidly swinging around and around,

the "Bull-Roarer" makes what can be described as a moaning sound.  Said to have been used in ceremonies.

An actual Bull-Roarer was discovered in a cave south of Phoenix, Arizona. The Bull-Roarer was made out of a large mammal sternum that was wrapped in a piece of deer hide, and then secured with sinew. A stick was then attached with a piece of sinew to one end of the exposed bone. (Barnett,1973:35)

The following photo is from the bottom of a Hohokam Rincon Red-on-Brown helmet bowl from the

Tucson Basin, it depicts a human figure possibly using a "Bull-Roarer"

 

Revised: 08/31/2006

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