The ancient frame drum was intentionally suppressed over 1000 years ago by the authorities in the Christian Church at that time.
This drum has returned to Christian prayer and worship!
Come join in the rejoicing!
- A Drummer's First! (See Sharing Stories)
- Our First Maritime Biblical Drummers group!
- Check out the International Biblical Drum Festival 2016 photos
- The Festival 2016 theme song (words & music) is now posted
A Brief History
Long before 1000 B.C.E. and before Jerusalem became King David's city, around the entire Mediterranean Sea, women played this drum in their temples and their household prayer corners, for birthing and dying, for victory in battle and for all the important religious ceremonies and rituals of the community, for healing, for wisdom, for miracles.....
Early archaeologists found numerous small clay figurines like the one just above. Since the figurine is a woman, scholars concluded that she must be holding a cake. Hmmm, what would be the recipe for a cake you hold like that?
Later scholars realized the woman is holding her frame drum.
While sorting her drum teacher's many slides of statues and other museum pieces, Layne Redmond asked herself why all the drummers were women.
Her question burst through the thick, old and well locked sanctuary door that kept this drum shut out of Christian worship - until now.
Today's congregations are welcoming this drum into their midst and reclaiming its spiritual power.
Come, join in the awe and the fun of Biblical Drumming!