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Tambourine

The tambourine is a musical instrument in the percussion family consisting of a frame, often of wood or plastic, with pairs of small metal jingles, called "zils". Classically the term tambourine denotes an instrument with a drumhead, though some variants may not have a head at all. Tambourines are often used with regular percussion sets. They can be mounted, for example on a stand as part of a drum kit (and played with drum sticks), or they can be held in the hands and played by tapping or hitting the instrument.

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Tambourines are symbolic in religion. They are mentioned various times throughout the bible and are sometimes referred to as timbrels. They tend to be tied into dance, wether it be a dance of worship or a dance of victory or other different occasions. This website talks about the times the tambourine has been mentioned in some parts of the bible, and how it ties into dance.

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