Conch Horns and Conch Horn Rollers
Conch horns have been used for centuries by indigenous Carribean and Pacific Island natives such as the Arawak Indians. But the use of consh horns isn't limited to conch horns are found in other cultures as well. The greek god Triton was said to control the ocean's waves by blowing his conch-shell trumpet. Conch shells have been used by lapidaries and the artisans of Sarasvati Civilization to make conch-trumpets.
Conch horns are also used in religous ceremonies around the world. A Loa of Voodoo named Agwe (or Agive) is called by a conch horn to the voodoo ritual. Some Buddhist monks blow conch horns announcing prayers from the rooftop of their monasteries. A wedding ceremony custom among Bengali Brahmans involves having seven married ladies, headed by the bride's mother, processing round the bridegroom seven times. One of the women carries a conch and blows it as she goes.
A bathing ceremony in the river Ganges in India that is a part of the Hindu religious festival the Kumbh Mela involves ascetics rushing into the Ganges blowing conch horns and tossing marigold garlands into the air. The ancient Indian text Bhagavad Gita speaks of the us of conch horns: "Therefore do ye all protect Bhishma remaining in appropriate positions in your respective divisions. Cheering him up, the valiant grandfather Bhishma, the oldest of the Kurus, sounded a lion-roar loudly and blew his conch-shell horn. Thereupon, conchs, kettle-drums, tabors, trumpets, and cowhorns all blared out suddenly causing a tremendous sound. Then Shri Krishna and Arjuna, seated in a great chariot with white horses yoked to it, blew their celestial conch-shell horns. Shri Krishna blew his conch Panchajanya, Arjuna blew Devadatta, and Bhima of terrible deeds sounded his great conch Paundra. Raja Yudhisthira, the son of Kunti, blew his conch Anantavijaya, and Nakula and Sahadeva, Sughosha and Manipushpaka respectively."
Conch horns are also listed by the US Coast Guard as an approved sound making device under the requirements of Rule 33.b and Annex III (C).
A young conch is often referred to as a "roller" because they have not yet developed the flaring lip of the adults. Without the large adult "lip" on the shell, these jubenile conchs will roll in the surf, hence the name "roller." Our conch horn rollers are NOT made from the juveniles, but are just like our conch horns except the flaring lip has been removed, making the conch horn rollers less expensive.
IMPORTANT NOTICE! Health and sanitary regulations prohibit the exchange or return for credit of any mouth blown instrument.