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A chant (from French chanter,[1] from Latin
cantare, "to sing")[2] is the iterative speaking or singing of words or sounds, often primarily on one or two main pitches called reciting tones. Chants may range from a simple melody involving a limited set of notes to highly complex musical structures, often including a great deal of repetition of musical subphrases, such as Great Responsories and Offertories of Gregorian chant. Chant may be considered speech, music, or a heightened or stylized form of speech. In the later Middle Ages
Middle Ages
some religious chant evolved into song (forming one of the roots of later Western music).[3]

Pange Lingua sung in Latin

The Latin
text of Pange Lingua sung to its traditional melody, mode iii Gregorian chant.

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1 Chant as a spiritual practice 2 See also 3 References 4 External links

Chant as a spiritual practice[edit] Chanting (e.g., mantra, sacred text, the name of God/Spirit, etc.) is a commonly used spiritual practice. Like prayer, chant may be a component of either personal or group practice. Diverse spiritual traditions consider chant a route to spiritual development.

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Monks chanting, Drepung monastery, Tibet, 2013

Some examples include chant in African, Hawaiian, and Native American, Assyrian and Australian Aboriginal cultures, Gregorian chant, Vedic chant, Qur'an reading, Islamic
Dhikr, Baha'i chants, various Buddhist chants, various mantras, Jewish cantillation, and the chanting of psalms and prayers especially in Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
(see Gregorian chant or Taizé Community), Eastern Orthodox
Eastern Orthodox
(see Byzantine chant
Byzantine chant
or Znamenny chant, for examples), Lutheran, and Anglican
churches (see Anglican
Chant). Chant practices vary. Tibetan Buddhist chant
Buddhist chant
involves throat singing, where multiple pitches are produced by each performer. The concept of chanting mantras is of particular significance in many Hindu traditions and other closely related Dharmic Religions. India's bhakti devotional tradition centres on kirtan, which has a following in many countries and traditions such as Ananda Marga. The Hare Krishna movement is based especially on the chanting of Sanskrit
Names of God in the Vaishnava tradition. Japanese Shijin
(诗经), or 'chanted poetry', mirrors Zen
Buddhist principles and is sung from the Dan tien (or lower abdomen) — the locus of power in Eastern traditions. See also[edit]

A lo divino Fight song Sea shanty Skipping-rope rhyme


^ Online Etymology Dictionary ^  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Chant". Encyclopædia Britannica. 5 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 846.  ^ Stolba, K. Marie (1994). The Development of Western Music: A History, 2nd Ed. WCB, Iowa.

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