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date: 14 December 2019



Obsolete idiophone, presumably a xylophone, of Mangaia, Cook Islands. It reportedly consisted of two pieces of dry hibiscus wood, supported at each end by a banana stalk and lightly tapped with ironwood sticks. By 1880 it was used only by boys for amusement and by 1968 it was scarcely remembered. In Mangaian and other Polynesian languages ...

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