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date: 14 November 2019

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Mirliton of the Alur people of Uganda. Commonly made of gourd, it is side-blown and resembles a side-blown horn but is fitted with a nasalising membrane of spider’s egg casing over one end. The instrument is also imported into the Mahari Region of the Congo, where it is used by healers and at investiture rituals. There it is made from the neck of a gourd 30 to 50 cm long with a wider end about 4 cm in diameter; the membrane covers the opposite end. (...

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