The Haunting Sounds of Pre-Columbian Religious Music

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; Chirimilla and Drums at the Entrance of the Parroquia San José

As I have asked before, how can two simple musical instruments playing uncomplicated and repetitive rhythms create a profound, hauntingly, bewitching and fascinating musical experience? How can Guatemalans explain to other people the spiritual fibers that are touched by the fragile and high-pitched notes of the chirimilla flute and the heartbeat thumps emanating from the drums? How can two unpretentious and complementing sounds transport us through a mystical trip to pre-Columbian times? How? Me urge saber.

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