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Dung Kar

The dung kar is a white conch shell trumpet with a warmer, deeper tone than the gyaling.
Nun playing dung kar at Nagi Gompa. Image courtesy of Jampa Palden.

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The dung kar is a white conch shell trumpet with a warmer, deeper tone than the gyaling. During ritual practice, the players may alternate the sound of the two instruments, which produces an almost unbroken sound at two levels of tonality. White conch trumpets are primarily played during peaceful deity practices. Dung kars are also used to announce the arrival of important figures or to call monks to assemble for ritual.

Nun playing dung kar at Nagi Gompa. Image courtesy of Jampa Palden.

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