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Zapotec Clay Instrument - Bentro Yelgota - Death Whistle

Zapotec Clay Instrument - Bentro Yelgota - Death WhistleIf you have ever had the pleasure of listening to the music of Xavier Quijas Yxayotl, then you may have heard the giant rush of mysterious wind that sent shivers through your soul. The first time we experienced a live performance by Xavier Quijas Yxayotl and the rush of a Death Whistle, our hair stood on end and we knew we wanted to offer this unique instrument. We commissioned Nash to create a replica whistle to share with our customers. These whistles will simply astound anyone that hears them and are very sought after.

Zapotec Clay Instrument - Bentro Yelgota - Death Whistle

Zapotec Clay Instrument - Bentro Yelgota - Death Whistle

This particular whistle and others similar were used by tribes people indigenous to Central America, including Zapotec, Aztecs, and Mayans. It was used to announce the death of a tribal member. The members of the "sacred house" would play this whistle by itself and then later along with a drum, a conch shell, and a flute. It was also used on the "Day of the Dead" with a combination of other instruments. These whistles are hand sculpted from terra cotta clay and fired in a kiln by artist Nashtavewa (Nash).

Nashtavewa, the artist:
He was born in a Zapotec village named "Ltavehua" located in the jungle forest on the southeast coast of Mexico in the Oaxaca region. His parents are traditional artists specializing in clay whistles, authentic Zapotec cookware and traditional Zapotec ceremonial figures. Now, as a young adult, he is interested in his tribal culture, traditions, ceremonies, and music. He has great appreciation for his heritage and wants to share it with you.

Death Whistle

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Nashtavewa, the artist

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Price: $120.00


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