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  木鱼,打击乐器。原为佛教“梵吹”(宗教歌曲)的伴奏乐器。明王折《三才图会》:“木鱼,刻木为鱼形,空其中,敲之有声,……今释氏之赞梵吹皆用之”。清代以来流行于民间。
  木鱼呈团鱼形,腹部中空,头部正中开口,尾部盘绕,其状昂首缩尾,背部(敲击部位)呈斜坡形,两侧三角形,底部椭圆;木制棰,棰头橄榄形。
  木鱼大小不一,音高不同。寺庙中使用的大型木鱼,正面圆径约40厘米,最大的达85厘米以上。
  小型木鱼圆径仅4厘米,只在佛教法事“绕莲”(绕佛堂)时应用。经常使用的中型木鱼有五种,圆径7—16厘米。多用桑或椿木制作。在民族乐队中,备有音高不同、数量不等的成套木鱼,按五声、七声音阶或十二平均律排列组合,常用于轻快活泼的乐曲中,有时可独奏简短的乐句,或用来模仿马蹄声的音响效果。木鱼是广东地区曲艺“木鱼歌”的击节乐器。
  木鱼是外形酷似鱼头形状的一种木制品,在我国很早就出现了,但是有记载的历史却比较晚。这种特殊的器物,并非只在寺庙中才能够见到。早在明清时期,木鱼就已经用于宫廷音乐、昆曲以及民间音乐的演奏。通常大木鱼用桑木或者椿木制作,最大的面径可以达到40厘米以上,发出的声音比较低。小木鱼一般用檀木或红木制作,发音较高。寺庙中使用的木鱼,大致分为两种:一种为圆形,另一种是长条形的。一般来说,圆形木鱼的规格多种多样,而长条形的木鱼大多在一米左右。

  A wooden fish sometimes known as a Chinese block, is a wooden percussion instrument similar to the Western wood block[citation needed]. The wooden fish is used by monks and laity in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. It is often used during rituals usually involving the recitation of sutras, mantras, or other Buddhist texts. The wooden fish is mainly used by Buddhist disciples in China, Japan, Korea, and other East Asian countries where the practice of Mahayana, such as the ceremonious reciting of sutras, is prevalent. In most Zen/Ch'an Buddhist traditions, the wooden fish serves to keep the rhythm during sutra chanting. In Pure Land Buddhism, it is used when chanting the name of Amitabha.
  The Taoist clergy has also adapted the wooden fish into their rituals.
  There are two kinds of wooden fish.
  Most commonly today, it is the traditional instrument that is round in shape and often made out of wood (often made out of lumber); this form is actually a later development from the original. The fish is hollow with a ridge outside of the wooden fish to help provide the genuine hollow sound when striking the fish (the instrument is similarly shaped like a jingle bell). The sound can differ amongst wooden fish depending on the size, type of wood used, and how hollow the wooden fish is. The instrument is carved with fish scales on its top, and a carving of two fish heads embracing a pearl on the handle (to symbolize unity), hence the instrument is called a wooden fish for that reason. In Buddhism the fish, which never sleeps, symbolizes wakefulness. Therefore, it is to remind the chanting monks to concentrate on their sutra. Often the mallet used to strike the fish has a rubber coated tip to provide a muffled, but clear sound when struck. A simplified form is given in the temple block.
  Wooden fish come in many sizes and shapes, ranging from 150 millimetres (5.9 in), for laity use or sole daily practice, or to 1.2 metres (3.9 ft) for usage in temples. Wooden fish are often (in Chinese temples) placed on the left of the altar, alongside a bell bowl, its metal percussion counterpart. Wooden fish often rest on a small embroidered cushion to prevent damage and unpleasant knocking sounds caused from the fish lying on the surface of a hard table or ground, as well as to avoid damage to the instrument.
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