Don’t wonder after reading the title. You might have heard that Rap song was first introduced in New York US in the 1970s. Yes, you might have heard that rapping was started by some African American teenagers just to deliver the truth of society and remove their frustration. However, you might have also heard that the rap song was recorded by The Fatback Band from New York. The first recorded rap song was entitled “Kind Tim II (Personality Jock)”. This was just co-incident that this band recorded the rap music for the first time. The concept of the rap song was not originated by the African American Youngsters. The real history of the rap concept is in Hinduism which is the religion followed by more than 15% of people in the world.
In Hinduism, there is a religious hymn called “Shiva Tandav Stotram”. This is the hymn that describes the beauty and power of Lord Shiva. You can listen to this hymn which is embedded above this paragraph. This hymn was first, sang by Ravana who was a great king of Lanka and a demon. However, Ravana had a great devotee to Lord Shiva and was a great follower of him. Being a demon, he didn’t stop to show his arrogancy. He wanted Lord Shiva to be with him in his Lanka (his Kingdom). So, he went to Kailash Parbhat (the mountain where Lord Shiva lives with his wife Lord Parbati). Ravana started to carry the entire Kailash Mountain. Seeing this Lord Shiva wanted to teach him a lesson and break his proudness of being powerful.
After that, Lord Shiva kept his toe on the peak of the mountain which was being carried by Ravana. Then the mountain pressed the hand of Ravana. Ravana felt lots of pain when the mountain smashed his hand. Then Ravana started singing the “Shiva Tandav Stotram” to make Lord Shiva happy by describing his power and beauty. The hymn sang by Ravana made lord Shiva happy and he released his toe from the mountain. You can listen to the hymn and analyze the flow. The rap song can be generally understood as the chanting which contains rhymes, and rhythmic speech that can be sung using a backbeat or musical accompaniment. The Shiva Tandav Stotra is accompanied by a deadly musical beat that can make anyone dance. Moreover, the lyrics of this hymn go with the flow with appropriate rhyming words.
Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world which used to be followed by people more than 4,000 years ago. From that time, people are singing Shiva Tandav Stotram. This hymn is primarily chanted when someone is in pain or agony as like Ravana in the story above. So, the concept of Rap song was originated from Hinduism. So, please stop giving wrong credit to American African Guy who was just the people inspired by the Hindus’ religious hymn.
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