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Above: Tibetan Yogins or Chöpa with Chöd drums and Kangling trumpets from the early 20th Century

Kangling is literally translated as "leg" (kang) "flute" (ling). It is the Tibetan name for a ritual trumpet made out of a human femur (thighbone). It is commonly used in Tibetan Buddhism for the practice of Chöd rituals and funerary practices. They can be very simple to highly ornate in appearance. Sometimes they are ornamented with metal such as copper or silver and they can be mounted with gemstones such as coral and turquoise. It is also possible to use Kanglings crafted from wood.

We are always interested in purchasing old/antique bone kanglings.
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Old Tibetan Kangling
Old Tibetan Kangling (Thighbone Trumpet)

Price on request.

A wonderful old human thigh bone trumpet. Covered in the traditional manner in red leather to give added protection to the bone. It has also been ornamented with copper and has a copper mouthpiece. It is now almost impossible to source genuine old pieces from the Himalayan regions. This is a very playable authentic ritual instrument and remains robust and damage free.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Genuine human thigh bone.
Age: mid 20th C
approx 340 mm (13.1 inches) x 65 mm (at widest point)
Superior Tibetan Kangling - Wooden
Fine Ritual Wooden Kangling ~ Bhutanese Sengdeng Wood ~ Hand Crafted


Introducing a wooden kangling that is without doubt the finest alternative to human bone available in the marketplace. It is now incredibly difficult to find human bone kanglings and there are restrictions for bringing them out of Asia. As demand continues to grow for these essential ritual items it makes it very difficult for Chöd practitioners in the West to own them. Our beautiful wooden kanglings are clearly the answer to this problem. It also means that you can travel with your kangling without fear of restrictions.

Each instrument is hand crafted from fine Bhutanese Sengdeng wood and is covered in goatskin in the traditional manner. The kangling has been coated inside with beeswax to give the wood extra longevity and protection from a build up of moisture. The weight is wonderful and the sound is incredible. Some would argue that they sound even better than a bone kangling. They are very robust and will be a wonderful companion for a lifetime of practice.

Each kangling comes complete with a high quality brocade protective case. Colour of case may vary!

length approx 31.5 cm