Upgrading Chanting – Drag Sound

Drag-Sound 弔音(吊音)Diu Yum (Diew Yim) – is a very special technique to chant in Saamlawnese. It’s very “dragging” because every word is done with an -ah or -oh or -aw etc, at the end to make the sound drag on for a longer time. Why and when would you use drag sound?

Just saying the words individually is fine; the message is heard. Just like we are talking, the words are heard, and people get your intention. However, why would you need to say a word and drag it at the end?

The kid said, “Can I have the candy please?”


The kid then said, “plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz~~~”

Ok, here you go.

See what drag sound does? It helps! Drag sound is used for chanting for asking for more powers and more help from the above. The daily rite is fine with the normal chanting method, but when you feel like there is a need for more power, or if you are doing it seriously at the altar, then you might want to drag.  Drag is mandatory for cheng sun spells and some special things because they request power from the above (the court).  The action of doing the drag sound allows you to output more power from the inside, which brings you the bigger power that comes down because of your output.

God is like a mirror; it does what you do. When you push harder, the god comes down with more power and output harder for you. Drag sound; you invest more time, energy, and passion into the chanting; you will have more power in the magic.

Drag sound consumes a lot more energy, and it is very tiring if you do it right, but where did the energy go? Into your magic! No wonder it is stronger. If your drag sounds are weak and quiet, you aren’t dragging but just trying to make the sound. Real genuine drag sounds have power; it’s like someone singing opera on the stage; they don’t go “mouse-quiet-mode” when singing. Observe how professional singers sing on the stage; the good ones can even project their voice far away with the mic FAR away from their mouth. It’s so powerful that the voice penetrates; that is what you need to do with the drag sound when using it for real. You should aim to be able to do that too.

When we practice daily, we use less power; but when we do it for real, it makes us sweat because we are outputting much more power!

How to Learn Drag Sounds

Drag sounds are not hard, but you must learn from copying and imitating, following the mp3 and dragging along. You have to find out what kind of drag sound it is; then, it will be more obvious to you.

Single drag, one drag per word

Double drag, one drag every two words

Big drag, a mix of both, usually 2-1-1 for the 4 words sentences, and 2-2-1-1-1 for the seven words etc.

Long drag, one drag per word, usually 8 beats a word. Like the “saam noh saam noh gew chong yea” in rites.

Real drag is more like singing; you would notice it in the cheng sun spells; it has a melody and is not always the same repeating pattern, which you must learn by copying and following. This one sounds the most like a “song” and not as robotic. Real drag are melodies cultivated like a special “code” that was set for that magic.

Pitch Level

You have three pitch levels; high, mid and low.

The higher the pitch, the higher you reach for talking to the upper party, such as the court.

  • High pitch is talking to the court/sky zone.
  • Mid-pitch is talking to the local zone.
  • Low pitch is talking to the ground zone working with the ground level.

Pitch sets where the words go; drag sets what the words are for or do, like the purpose of these words.

  • Single drag is “Yang,” it is for the other side to GIVE you things.
  • Double drag is “Yin,” it is for the other side to TAKE things away.
  • Big drag is “Big,” it is for the other side to DO something for you.
  • Long drag to build energy up.
  • Real drag is for everything combined.

For example, Jing spells done in high pitch (ask the court to cleanse you), and done in big drag (execute to clean you up now).

Jing spells done in high pitch (ask the court) in single drag (to give you energy/purify you).

Sometimes, we will start with a high pitch then go to some low and mid because, during the high pitch, the gods have already come down and, so we don’t need to do high pitch anymore since they are in front of us; then we do mid-pitch to continue the chant. You can see this in Cheng Sun spells.

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