A rainstick is a thin, long, hollow tube filled with pebbles or beans. A musician lifts the rainstick vertically and lets the pebbles slide to the bottom, then turns the stick on end so the pebbles can rattle to the new bottom, making the sound of a rainstorm. The stick seems to have first appeared in Aztec communities and used to be made of catcus but today almost anything can be a tube and almost anything can be the pebbles.

KEY GENRES: Aztec, Mayan

FEATURED ON: Mayan Peace Song (AATW: Latin America)

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