Tuesday, February 26, 2008

To begin a blog on the power of music...I decided to just leave a few miscelaneous tidbits of some ways music has been used in history.

History and Healing With Music

By the time Egyptians built the Pyramids and sphinxes, it had organized choruses of 12,000 voices and orchestras of 6,000 instruments. Many believe that the use of directed and controlled sound, helped them accomplishedthe heaviest labor of the building of the pyramids.

Babylonian tradition of astronomy and numerology…they put the zodiac in a circle and divided it into 360 degrees, The ancient Chinese did this, but eliminated the Pythagorean coma so the 12 fifths fit in to this circle.

Music is a force to alter civilizations. Several years before the American Revolution, patriotic and freedom songs were popular.

In the Bible David played the harp to lift Saul’s depression. Egyptian papyri over 2,6000 years old refer to incantations as cures for infertility and rheumatic pain.

The ancient Greeks believed music had the power to heal the body and soul. They used the flute and the lyre for gout and sciatica. It is said that that Alexander the Great had his sanity restored by music played on the lyre.

There is a Greek saying, "men have a song as a physician for pain." Pythagorus used incantation, melodies and rhythms to cure diseases of the body and mind.

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