National Geographic : 1949 Jul
Shells Take You Over World Horizons David J. Martin Shinto Priests of Kyoto, Japan, Sound the Call to Worship with Conchs By blowing into these Triton's Trumpets (page 80, No. 1; 67, 11; 68, 4), they produce a low, far-reaching monotone not unlike the weird sound of a foghorn. Shells play a part in many religious services in the Orient. In parts of India left-handed spirals (page 69, No. 3) are considered sacred, and among many island tribes the Golden Cowry is the symbol of chieftainship (page 66, No. 6; 67, 10).