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We have here a musical instrument as well as a tribal rain stick! Used in the Andean music made popular in the country of South America, the rain stick has become an instrument adopted by many musicians around the world. The rain stick is believed to have been invented by the Aztecs and was played in the belief that it could bring about rainstorms. Made from the dried hollowed outer stem of the Quisco cactus, it is sanded till smooth and capped at both ends. Tiny holes are drilled and pebbles or seeds are added to the tube so the sound is "very much like falling water." They have palm needles stuck into the walls and when changed in a vertical direction the pebbles give it that ever so soothing sound. Wrapped at one end with colorful yarn it is 12 inches in length and 1.75 inches in diameter. Very much loved by children and adults!