In some areas of Papua New Guinea, an island in the Pacific Ocean, slit-gong drums are played to accompany ritual performances. They are located in or near the ceremonial men’s house; the sacred dwelling place of clan spirits, treasures, and initiated men.
These drums traditionally functioned as musical instruments as well as a means of long-distance communication. In parts of New Guinea, the sounds produced by slit-gong drums were believed to be the voices of supernatural beings. A range of tones and sounds could be produced depending on the style of the beating stick and the varying thickness of the sides of the drum.