The rainstick is a percussion instrument which produces a sound similar to falling rain. The rainstick holds its origins with the Aztecs and was played in the belief that it would summon rain in drought conditions. Traditionally and still typically constructed from a hollowed out cactus stem with pins or thorns arranged running down the interior of the stem. The stem is then filled with dried beans or pebbles and the ends sealed. Traditional south American Aztec decorations are usually applied to the finished stick. Modern plastic rainsticks are also available and often in colourful designs. The rainstick is played simply by tipping the pebbles or beans from end to end which causes the pebbles or beans to bounce off the pins producing the sound of falling rain.
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