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  Conch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The animal inside the shell is eaten, either raw, as in salads, or cooked, as in fritters, chowders, gumbos, and burgers.
Conch shells are sometimes used as crude bugles by removal of the small tip of the shell to form a mouthpiece, as decoration, as decorative planters, ground up to be used as an ingredient in porcelain, and in cameo making.
In classic Mayan art, conches are shown being utilized in many ways including as paint and ink holders for elite scribes, as bugle or trumpet, and as hand weapons (held by combatants by inserting their hands in the aperature).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Conch_shell   (660 words)

 Conch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Conch shells are sometimes used as crude bugles by removal of the small tip of the shell to form a mouthpiece, as decoration, as decorative planters, ground up to be used as an ingredient in porcelain, and in.
In classic, conches are shown being utilized in many ways including as paint and ink holders for elite scribes, as bugle or trumpet, and as hand weapons (held by combatants by inserting their hands in the aperature).
While lacking the range capabillities and tone quality of other brass instruments, the conch shell is still a fun instrument to play.
www.secaucus.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Conch   (661 words)

 Printable Version on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
In conchs the characteristic gastropod foot is reduced in size and the operculum, a horny plate located on the foot and used to seal the shell opening in many gastropods, has the appearance and function of a claw.
Conch shells range in color from white to red; they have been used by humans to fashion a number of items, such as buttons, ornaments, or the crude trumpets made from the shell of the trumpet conch, Charonia tritonis.
The largest conch and also one of the largest univalves in the world is the horse conch, Pleuroploca gigantea, having a shell length of 24 in.
www.encyclopedia.com /printable.asp?url=/ssi/c1/conch.html   (369 words)

 Buddhist Conch Shell Symbol - ReligionFacts.com
As a proclaiming battle horn, the conch is akin to the bugle.
The thicker-shelled bulbous one is thought to be the male (purusha), and the thin-shelled slender conch to be the female (shankhini).
Shells which spiral to the right in a clockwise direction are a rarity and are considered especially sacred.
www.religionfacts.com /buddhism/symbols/conch.htm   (376 words)

There, the shell is a symbol of Christian rebirth, although the pagan deity Venus was depicted by Botticelli as emerging from a similar shell.
Shells are sometimes fetishes or objects of power (sometimes called "medicine") that are venerated and accorded special care as the home or resting place of a deity or its energy.
In chapter 11, Ralph decides to blow the conch shell that was once the symbol of his authority in hopes of reminding Jack's break-away group of their initial unity, but the boys standing guard taunt him and Piggy, pelting them with stones.
www.khandro.net /nature_shells.htm   (3964 words)

 The Conch - Meaty Mollusc.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
However, the Conch was soon discovered to be a rich source of protein and has been providing food for the natives of these islands since the earliest Lucayans found their way to the islands.
Conch chowder is a rich meaty soup with tomatoes and herbs, cracked Conch is a tenderized (by hammering) fried conch, while Conch salad is a delicious mixture of chopped raw conch, onions, peppers and lime juice.
Conch eggs are laid in a string of jelly which is moved from side to side to form a firm egg mass 4 to 6 inches long.
www.bahamaswildlife.fsnet.co.uk /conch.htm   (1094 words)

 Conch Shell Magic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Somewhere between hearing his Golden Mean analysis of the conch shell's resonance chamber and the powerful vibration of standing a foot away from the 3rd eye conch shell being blown, I got the impression that Rollin may be on to something.
In Tibet the conch shell is used in Buddhist rituals, both blown and as a receptacle for holy water.
Conch Shell jewelry has been recently found at Mehergarth, the ruins of a 9000 year old settlement (the oldest human settlement found to date) in what is now Pakistan.
www.pelorian.com /conchmagic.html   (1314 words)

 Conch shell
The Queen conch shell, CWRU researchers say, is a natural brittle composite that defends against predatory attacks.
It is made of 99 percent aragonite -- a white to pale-yellow mineral with a vitreous luster that is often found in limestone caverns and near hot springs and geysers -- and less than 1 percent protein.
Research on the Queen conch shell began in 1997.
www.cwru.edu /pubaff/univcomm/conch.htm   (574 words)

 Kamat's Potpourri: Amma's Column   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The conch is regarded as an insignia of Lord Krishna, and and is give the status of a sacred artifact in India.
Conch is one of the insignias of Lord Vishnu.
His conch is called the Panchajanya, believed to be born out of five elements (land, water, fire, air, and ether).
www.kamat.com /jyotsna/blog/blog.php?BlogID=564   (430 words)

 Conch Shell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Conch (konk) Shell, a large spiral shell with a flowing lip, formerly much used as a dinner horn to call the men from the field.
The large pink conch of the West Indies is in demand for its pearl, and is much used for inlaid work, buttons, pearl handles and the like.
Held to the ear, the conch gives forth a murmuring sound likened by the poets to that of the distant ocean.
www.factopia.com /aiton-encyclopedia-vol2/conch-shell.htm   (119 words)

 Conch Shell Jewelry
The shell in the center is high-polished yellow gold.
The shell is 3/4" x 1/2" (without a bail) and weighs approximately 3.44 grams.
The shell is enameled in shades of pink and the outside boarder is navy blue.
www.generousgems.com /conch.html   (446 words)

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In Ancient West Indian civilizations, the Conch shell was used as scraper, scoop or dipper, hammer, gouge, chisel and eating dish, as a trumpet and to make idols for worship.
The large conch has been used as offering vessel and sacred trumpet by many cultures on all the world's continents, starting with the ancient Greeks where Triton the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite was often depicted with a trumpet made from a conch which he used to raise or calm storms.
The conch being used to manufacture the pieces and cabochons and jewelry we sell is a byproduct of conch harvest for native food supply and not fished for the purpose of producing jewelry.
www.lariamber.com /conchhist.html   (376 words)

 OIRF Conch Shell Blowing Contest
Conch shells will be available for those who do not have their own.
The conch itself, a sturdy sea mollusk, is deeply entwined in Key West’s heritage and tradition.
The afternoon festivities typically include demonstrations of the intricacies of this ancient and noble art, and conch shells are available for contestants to purchase.
www.oirf.org /events/conchshell.htm   (305 words)

 Cayman Net News: The Conch Shell House still stands
The Conch Shell House was flooded with more than five feet of water in the recent Hurricane, but it is still standing as it has done for almost seventy years, on the North Sound Road.
The Conch Shell House where Mr and Mrs Henderson live with their 4 cats and 6 parrots, dates back to 1935, and served as a bomb depot for the US Navy during the Second World War.
The conch shells were cleaned and covered with transparent lacquer to preserve their wonderful pinkish pigment.
www.caymannetnews.com /2004/11/752/conch.shtml   (362 words)

 Queen Conch Printout - Enchanted Learning Software   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The Queen Conch or Pink Conch (Strombus gigas, named by Linnaeus in 1758) is a gastropod, a soft-bodied type of mollusk that is protected by a very hard shell.
The Queen Conch is a relatively slow-growing animal.
The smaller pair of tentacles is used for the sense of smell and the sense of touch.
www.enchantedlearning.com /subjects/invertebrates/mollusk/gastropod/Conchprintout.shtml   (327 words)

 Shell Trumpets- Experimental Musical Instruments
But the association of shells with water, and the sea especially, is also at the basis of the many of the ceremonial uses of shell trumpets around the world.
Shell trumpets have often been used at great distances from the sea, and this has contributed to the sacredness of their sounds.
The apex of a univalve gastropod such as a conch or a snail is the oldest part of the shell (the place where the young animal started growing): in blowing a shell trumpet the sound is passing from the oldest place to the youngest - from the past towards the present.
www.furious.com /perfect/shells.html   (3208 words)

 An article on the significance of conch shells
It was done by using a miniature conch shell, a chakra made of Brazilian crystal and a compass enclosed in a glass case.
The first conch shell he acquired was in Varanasi, holy town in India and he was smitten.
Belief in mythology apart, the conch shell's significance is corroborated by science.
www.lifepositive.com /spirit/traditional-paths/rituals/shells.asp   (845 words)

 Book Report on The Conch Shell - this esssay is about the symbolism of the conch in Lord of the Flies (William Golding)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The conch shell is used to call all the boys together.
The conch shell is used to call all the boys together in the beginning.
It is also used in the fact that whoever is holding the conch shell at the moment is the one who is allowed to talk.
www.newessay.com /database/The_Conch_Shell__this_esssay_-166929.html   (251 words)

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The shell is composed mainly of calcium carbonate, excreted by the mantle as a fluid which hardens as crystals*213*.
With maturity, the shell thickens and the increase in length slows or ceases *213*.
From this point, the shell does not grow significantly in size and length; the conch energies are directed to strengthening the shell and lip, so it becomes thicker and heavier and the space occupied by the animal actually becomes smaller.
fwie.fw.vt.edu /WWW/macsis/lists/M060165.htm   (2183 words)

 How to clean a Conch
The conch extends his body forward and plants this claw in the sand and pulls his shell up to it.
You need a “conch hammer”, or as they call it in the states, a meat tenderizer (the wooden or metal mallet-not the powder in the jar).
Place the whole conch in a pot of sea water and gentle bring the water to a boil for 5 to 15 minutes.
www.pelicanpower.com /abacoguide/cleanconch.htm   (607 words)

 Conch shell inspires researchers
Roberto Ballarini (left) and Shekhar Kamat are on a CWRU research team which has found that the queen conch shell (Strombus gigas) contains a natural ceramic plywood-like microarchitecture which scientists can mimic to create load-bearing, heat-resistant, and corrosion-resistant ceramics like those that line aerospace engines or those used in electricity generators.
The future of many advanced technologies, including space exploration and power generators, may lie in the humble conch shell.
CWRU researchers report in the June 29 issue of Nature that the Queen conch shell (Strombus gigas), indigenous to the Caribbean, contains a natural ceramic plywood-like microarchitecture.
www.cwru.edu /pubs/cnews/2000/7-20/conch.htm   (606 words)

 Sri Lakshmi Conch Shell
In fact they are the same kind of Shank or Conch shell that we blow and bath the Deities with but they open on the right side (opposite of normal).
When shell collectors refer to the reversed Shank as “left-handed” or "sinistral", the Indians call the “valampuri” right-handed, because they orient it with the apical spire downwards and the aperture or siphon (mouth) uppermost and, consequently, on the right side of the shell.
Note: there are many species in Conch family, but in India "Shank" always refers to the normal smooth white conch shells we always use.
www.richardshawbrown.com /mysticarticles/laxmi-conch.html   (404 words)

 Lakshmi Conch Shell - sinistral turbinella pyrum
Conch Shells which spiral to the right are very rare and considered especially sacred, the right spiral mirroring the motion of the sun, moon, planets and stars across the sky.
It is the type of Conch eternally carried by Lord Vishnu, as well as used by Srimati Lakshmi Devi Herself.
In fact they are the same kind of Shank or Conch shell that Hindus and Buddhists blow and bath the Deities with but they open on the right side (opposite of normal).
www.p-g-a.org /lakshmi-shank.html   (454 words)

 In Search Of An Albino Horse Conch
This form has been informally dubbed a "Knobless Wonder." The shell is also rarely found as a beautiful albino specimen with the shell being of a white porcelain color.
This shell was a dream-come-true for any collector and it made me dream of the day I too would find one.
I kept wondering to myself, "Has Fred brought me to one of his secret shelling spots and will he help me find an albino horse conch?" My mind raced on and thought that even if Fred had brought me to a good spot, the chances of finding an albino might be one in a thousand.
www.jaxshells.org /insearch.htm   (588 words)

 Killer waves push conch shell traders into deep sea - The Economic Times   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
KOLKATA: The deadly ripples of the tsunami have long ceased, but hundreds of conch shell traders like Dilip Roy and Sanjeeb Nag in West Bengal are still feeling their ominous effects.
The conch shell business has been hit hard as supply of raw material has dropped to almost nil, forcing traditional conch shell bangle makers to look for alternative sources of livelihood.
Conch shell bangles, considered auspicious, are mostly worn by married Hindu women.
economictimes.indiatimes.com /articleshow/1025363.cms   (247 words)

 The Conch Shell
The conch shell has survived as the original horn trumpet since time immemorial.
It is one of the main emblems of Vishnu, and his conch bears the name of Panchajanya, meaning 'having control over the five classes of beings.' Arjuna's (hero of the Mahabharata) mighty conch was known as Devadatta, whose triumphant blast brought terror to the enemy.
The smooth white conch represents the Brahmin caste
www.twilightbridge.com /hobbies/festivals/buddha/conch.htm   (370 words)

 Dung and Conch shell trumpets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Conch shell trumpets are found in almost every coastal region of the world and in many inland areas as well.
They are one of the oldest instruments in the world made from cutting off the top spiral of a conch shell and played by blowing into the resulting opening.
They are widely used as a ceremonial and religeous instruments(widely used in Buddhist rituals) but have also been used for centuries as a signal horn.
www.asza.com /iconch.shtml   (85 words)

 Aloha-Hawaii.com: Hawaiian Conch Shells
Made of two kinds of large shells, Triton or Cassis cornuta, it is capable of emitting a loud sound carrying as far as two miles.
Chief Kiha used a conch shell to control the little gods, as the Menehune were often referred to.
In 1998, a pu was recovered from King Kamehameha II's sunken royal yacht in Hanalei on the North Shore of Kauai.
www.aloha-hawaii.com /hawaii/conch+shells   (492 words)

 Conch Horn, Conch Shell Horn, Conch Shell Trumpet.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Conch Horn, Conch Shell Horn, Conch Shell Trumpet.
Conch horns are one of the oldest instruments in the world.
Carefully selected shells are handcrafted into shipboard style sailing gear, with bright brass nautical grommets as the mouthpiece and tail lanyard of braided yacht line.
www.storesonline.com /site/537409/page/436284   (192 words)

 Item #2850487FK - Conch Shell Horn
Made out of a real 8" (approximately) conch shell, this shell has been cleaned and sanitized, and the end has been ground down to make a mouthpiece for your conch shell horn.
This conch shell is loud, and has a beautiful tone quality.
Please note that since this horn is made out of a real shell, the shell will show natural signs of wear from spending time in the ocean.
www.superdupermusic.net /horn/2850487.html   (309 words)

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