Crossing Borders: Musical Change & Exchange through Time

Publications of the ICTM Study Group on Music Archaeology, Vol. 2

The Bullroarer: A Global and Timeless Sound Instrument

Cajsa S. Lund

Bullroarers are used, or have been used, throughout the world and through the ages, by populations in Africa, America, Asia, Oceania and Europe. Archaeologists have found bullroarers from Palaeolithic times and onwards in Europe, their existence in ancient Greece is documented, there are ethnographic and ethnological records relating to bullroarers, information on bullroarers can be found in medieval texts, and bullroarers are still used in our modern societies today.

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