Maracas originally came from South America. They are made of hollow gourds containing loose seeds. They can also be made of wood and filled with beads. They are played by shaking or hitting one on the palm of your hand.
How to play: Hold one maraca in each hand. Grasp the handle of each with your thumb and three smallest fingers. Extend your index finger so that it touches the shell. Using your wrist, flick one of the maracas. This causes the beads inside the maraca to hit against the inside wall of the shell, creating a "tsk" sound. To play consecutive notes, first flick on maraca, and then the other.