The kangling, or (human) thighbone flute, is a Tibetan tantric ritual trumpet often used in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and India as a support during funeral rites, and particularly during the esoteric practice of Chöd.
Wrathful deities are said to be delighted by the haunting sound of the instrument, while malicious spirits are enticed yet thereby divested of their mischievous influence. Due to current export restrictions in the Himalayan region regarding human bone, our supply of kanglings are composed of high quality wood or resin with a veneer of red shellac to mimic authenticity. Nevertheless, they perfectly resemble the traditional human femur trumpets, and produce an impressive sound.
Each kangling is accompanied by a protective custom-made brocade jacket as seen in the images.
The length of the kangling is 34,5cm and the case is 36cm long.