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date: 15 November 2019

Stamping tube [stamping stick, pounding stick]locked

  • John M. Schechter
  •  and Mervyn McLean


[stamping stick, pounding stick]

An Idiophone, classified by Hornbostel and Sachs as a percussion tube. It is normally a tube of wood or bamboo, which is stamped on the ground or against another object.

Stamping tubes are used in many cultures. In East Asia, examples are the obsolete Korean tok, which originated from the Chinese chundu (a bamboo staff which could be split to reinforce the volume and was thumped on the ground to keep time in ritual dances). An African example is the entimbo of western Uganda. The instruments are particularly important in South America, the Caribbean, and Oceania. They are played in areas of Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia; in highland Ecuador, thick sections of cane are used (the local name is lanzas or bastones). Four sizes of bamboo stamping tube (quitiplas) are known in Venezuela; the player alternately strikes the tube on the ground and slaps the opening with his hand. In Surinam stamping sticks are used by the Wayana people to accompany dancing, together with seed rattles tied around the ankles. Haitian stamping tubes (known as ...

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