Engel, C - Healing with rattles
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Musical Myths and Facts Volume II 1876 – C. Engel
Only when the common remedies of roots and herbs have proved unsuccessful does he resort to medicine or mystery.
He arrays himself in a most grotesque dress and provides himself with a rattle, commonly made of a gourd, which is hollowed and partly filled with pebbles. Thus equipped he approaches his patient to cure him with a charm.
He dances about him, singing songs of incantation and producing a frightful noise by shaking his rattle.