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An intricately beautiful hand-painted and decorated gourd rattle named the Spirit Code

  • About 10" long
  • Deer suede leather fringe with smooth waxed thread
  • Assorted gemstone beads
  • Lightning bead and Copper beads


Learn more by watching the above video and/or by reading "Bob's Observations" in the column at right.


Sold only in America.

Spirit Code Rattle

  • It didn't require much convincing when retired artist Glenn Lewis was presented with the opportunity to 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 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 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 beautifully hand-painted by artist Glenn Lewis, and I decorate 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!

    Something else however joins these rattles spiritually. A Lightning Bead (coming from a lightning-struck tree) in union with one or more copper beads becomes a welcomed energy source for a shaman familiar with their use in ceremony. You can read more about this here, an article I wrote, "The Hidden Majesty of Lightning Wood."

    Bob's Thoughts About The Spirit Code Rattle:

    It is said that Spirit communicates with us by many means, but most powerfully in symbols which can speak volumes in a single image. "One picture is worth a thousand words" as the saying goes. Often too, these symbols are thought to be encoded for one person in particular or for groups.

    Shamans and artists throughout history have recorded some of these symbol codes on cave walls, various artifacts and now on computer screens. As an acute observer of detail and complexity, artist Glenn Lewis has interpreted one such symbol resulting in this amazing rattle, The Spirit Code.

    I hope you too will sense the code within the beautiful Spirit Code Rattle.

    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 a 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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