Give thankhs unto di I's! Good reasonings!
Sistren, I'm glad you brought up the issue of a woman’s moontime in relation to drumming, as that seems to be one of the main reasons why women have been forbidden to play. I personally am not a drummer, by choice, not by "law". I am a dancer by nature, therefore I respond to it rather then play it. That being said, I have often thought to myself "if wombman can hold life between her legs for 9 months, why not a drum? If the first heartbeat Rhythm is first played in our wombs, then surely it can be played with our hands.
The heartbeat of the drum is also the heartbeat of the great mother
In menstruation and birthing rites, certain drum rhythms caused the womb to contract, aiding the flow of menstrual blood ...
"Menstrual blood was believed to contain the essential energies of the feminine and creative energies" - Redmond, L. When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm.
"In every ancient Mediterranean civilization I studied, it was a goddess who transmitted to humans the gift of making music. In Sumer and Mesopotamia it was Inanna and Ishtar; in Egypt it was Hathor; in Greece, the nine-fold goddess called the Muse. Musical, artistic and poetic inspiration was always thought to spring from the Divine Feminine. One of the main techniques for connecting to this power of inspiration was drumming."
The Biblical lands have also yielded numerous images of women playing the frame drum. Old Testament texts refer to the tambourine as the toph, which as been translated as the timbrel and the tabret. Exodus 15:20, “And Miriam, the prophetess, sister of Aaron and Moses, took a timbrel in her hand, then the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.” In some legends it is said that Miriam parted the Red Sea with the shamanistic power of her drumming.
For 3,000 years women had been the primary percussionists in the ancient world. As Europe pursued this policy of disallowing women to learn music, they effectively barred them from the professions of composing, teaching or performing.
I found di I's reasoning on not using animal skin quite interesting. I wonder if the sound and vibration would be the same as using synthetic skin? I did see that they make "vegan dums" though.
RHD Eco-Friendly Vegan Djembe