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The only rattle in this exclusive collection not made from a gourd but rather from sacred Lilac wood, the Lilac Spirit Rattle.

  • Length: 10-inches, about 20-inches with decorations; 4-inches wide, 4 1/2-inches circumference
  • Decorations:
    • Lightning Wood and Copper beads
    • Microsuede and suede lacing handle
  • Also see the new Lilac Prayer Sticks Collection here


Sold only in America.


About This Limited Edition Collection:


This is the second quartet of handmade, hand-painted rattles offered for this exclusive limited collection. Others will be added in the future.


(Also learn more by watching the video on this page and/or by reading "Bob's Observations" in the column at right.)



It didn't require much convincing when retired artist Glenn Lewis was presented with the opportunity to "un-retire" so he could paint a limited number of sacred gourd rattles. "I thought I had painted on about every possible medium available to me during the past 65-plus years," he said, "from countless canvases to huge murals, and on glass, brick, stucco, metal, wood, drywall, hundreds of Bob's special drums and more, but never on a sacred gourd rattle. I was honored and especially excited for an opportunity to interpret and express my deep appreciation of Spirit animals and the deeply moving language, sometimes encoded, that is transmitted by such meaningful beings and spiritual symbols."


Each of the rattles in this Collection is unique, a one-of-a-kind, impossible to duplicate. Each is beautifully shaped as it was when picked from the garden. Each is hand-painted by artist Glenn Lewis, and Bob decorates each too. This goes deeper than shape, paint or decoration however.


These rattles have their very own voices that result from the separation of the original seedpods within their very shells. Thus, the more one shakes a gourd like this, the more seeds separate and the more varied becomes the rattle's voice. Now that's one-of-a-kind for certain!

Lilac Spirit Rattle

  • The Lilac Spirit Rattle is in one way separate from the others in this collection because its genesis was a beautiful, fragrant lilac bush instead of a bountiful gourd patch. It is kin nonetheless because of a shared spiritual purpose and ability to provide voice to prayer, song, meditation and ceremony.


    The Lilac Spirit’s voice does not compete with the other rattles’ here  because it is meant more to serve as a very personal companion for you . Its diminutive resonance does not overwhelm the mind, will not interfere with your voice or thoughts, does not require a lot of energy to play. Rather, the voice soothes, blends with the background, implores the senses to relax and simply…be, even in ceremony with another person.


    Being small does not equate to being weak though. The Lightning Wood bead and copper clutch bead provide requsite energy when necessary for spiritual illumination, spiritual healing and self-rejuvenation, as I have extensively written about elsewhere on the site and relating to my own practice. You can easily perceive these things if you watch and listen to the video about the Lilac Spirit Rattle on this page. It whispers the spirit of life.


    Aho & Namaste,



  • This rattle can only be sold in America. A special $20 shipping charge has already been added to the price shown. This allows for the expense of wrapping, double boxing, packing and thus protecting this sacred rattle while in transit to U.S. customers.

    We do not have special boxes for shipping this rattle, so it will be secured in suitable boxes that may show one or another company logo or other identifying information on it. This does not mean that the company whose logo or other identifying information appearing on a box is an endorsement of or otherwise an acknowledgement of the box's contents. The Thunder Valley Drums name will appear on the shipping label however.


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