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1. Canister rattles with handles originally made from gourds or rawhide and filled with beads, pebbles, seeds or the like Hand held and played in pairs
2. An important Cuban instrument, probably of African origin, pairs of gourds with pebbles or seeds inside that rattle when shaaken Maracas have the following stages of sound production: energy source: muscle vibrating element: pebbles or seeds resonating chamber: gourd.
My maracas don’t appear either!! (from the Mirmo! tv series)
by ozgun September 15, 2006
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