Handmade Lapland Shaman/ Witch Drum. Wood frame with reindeer leather. Beater decorated reindeer antler. This is Siberian style shaman drum. All drums are unique and color, shape and symbols might vary slightly. These drums are not only excellent instruments but could also be a spectacular vocal point of home decoration! One picture shows a drum used as a lamp.
The Sámi drum contains many mysteries. One doesn’t have to be a shaman to own or use a drum.
Sámi drums are frame (sieve) drums; the body is made from a thin band of wood bent into an oval. This type is similar to the Siberian shaman drums, the Irish Bodhrán and several other drums from around the world.
Characterized by a central sun cross and an unbroken path around the edge, and by the absence of horizontal lines separating the field in separate compartments as in all other styles. Individual figures are commonly placed on the arms of the sun-cross, on the outer path or "floating" between these. Smaller straight or moderately curved paths forming the baseline for further figures might be "floating" or branching off from the outer path, the sun cross or each other.
The Sámi (Saame in Finnish) have lived in Finland since ancient times. According to current belief, the Sámi are ethnically the offspring of development that covered many generations. They are thought to have descended from the people who settled in Fennoscandia after the last Ice Age, about 7,500 years BC.
The old Sámi religion was founded on an animistic world-view and a shamanistic form of worship in which drumming on the "runebomme" (ritual drum) and traditional chanting, yoiking, were of great importance. Nature was considered life-giving, and mountains, stone formations and lakes could be of help to the people if they worshipped them and brought them sacrificial gifts. Natural phenomena were gods. The sun (Paivo) had a central place, not as a personified god, but as a basic cosmic force, which extended its rays across the world and carried the personified gods on its rays. These gods were not people, but intermediary figures between human beings and greater forces. Dierpmis (the god of thunder) was worshipped fervently. Bieggolmmái (the god of wind), mánnu (the moon) and áhcolmmái (the god of water) were revered because they had the power to improve people’s conditions.