Be careful!!! Fake damaru!!!
Unfortunately we live in difficult time. Some people are interested only in their welfare. And there is nothing sacred for them. They are ready to make money even by selling fake ritual stuff, even the stuff for very serious practices.
Very wide-spread fakement is fake damaru from human skull. Well-known that for well correct-made damaru two human skull should be used. It is difficult now to find such two. So unfair traders and artisans are going for any artifice to catch a buyer.
Now we know three kinds of fake damaru on the black market of ritual stuff:
1. New Falke Damaru. This non-aged fake damaru is craped by fresh green skin. You can clearly see fresh skull-bone. Trader will assure you this is real damaru from human skull. This damaru is really from human skull, but not from two, as it should be made, but only from one. Just have a look closer: it is not difficult to see raphes on two halves are asymmetrical. This is because for one half was used a cervical part of the skull and for other was used frontal part of the same skull.
2. Artificialy Aged Fake Damar from Monkey Skull. This is very wide-spread fakement. It is very easy to distinguish this one.
|Just have a look at the damaru from human skull: its shape is angular and not deep.|
|On the other side damaru from monkey skull differs by drop-shaped form and some deeper.|
2. Artificialy Aged Fake Damar from Unknown Meterial. This fakement is widespread too. Can have any kind of shape, but mainly correct. If you will look at it close you will see some triangularinsertions in the bone and glue seams. It means for this stuff any kind of material was used — from dog to mutton. Animal's bone was cut into pieces and assembled in one like erector set.
Trader will say to you, insertions are because damaru is very old and was repaired. Don't believe him, he is just a cheat.