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There is a traditional rain stick (percussion instrument) in African, Latin America, and I believe in Australia as well. Was it invented separately, or did one culture influence another?

Here is a demonstration of the sound of a rain stick:

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    Have you run any searches at all, e.g. Wikipedia, Music Encyclopedias, specialty articles or web pages on rain sticks? – Carl Witthoft Aug 7 '18 at 12:43
  • A quick search shows that apparently no one knows. But like many simple instruments, it probably has multiple independent origins, not ruling out cultural borrowing. – Scott Wallace Aug 7 '18 at 15:19

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