Dama (pinyin: Dá mǎ), also known as Ga'a, is a Tibetan musical instrument. Popular in Tibet Lhasa, Shigatse, Qamdo, Qinghai Yushu, Sichuan Ganzi, Batang and other places in Tibetan court song and dance bands and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.


  • Pinyin:Dá mǎ
  • alias:Gaa
  • popularly:Tibetan
It has a long history and was first spread in Tibet. However, in the first half of the 9th century, during the reign of Lang Dama, Buddhism was destroyed, singing and dancing were forced to be banned, and Dharma was also lost for 800 years.
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When playing, the player holds a chisel in each hand. Damache is placed on the right side of the player, Damachong is placed on the left side of the player, the two drums are connected and fixed together with belts or cloth belts, and one person should play a pair of drums at the same time. Dharma can be played either sitting or playing.
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The drum body is mostly made of brass, and some are made of aluminum alloy or wood. The appearance is similar to a jar with a small mouth and a big belly. The drum bottom is small, the upper part is the largest diameter of the drum body, and the top drum mouth is slightly adducted.
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