There are many varied uses of the Rattle amongst the cultures of the world. From the sistrum of the Egyptians to the moth cocoon rattles of Africa, to the turtle rattles of North America their function, symbolism, and use varied from culture to culture. Rattles have a direct connection to ceremony and ritual, and were used in many shamanic traditions as well. For example, in Native American societies, rattles could signal changes in dance protocols, or in song. Sometimes being used to usher in powerful medicines and to promote healing. Rattles can connect us profoundly to ourselves and can become quite personal. Representing the spirits of the air in some cultures, rattles could cut through imagined energy lines, or disperse unwanted energetics.