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date: 14 November 2019


  • José Maceda


Bamboo instrument of the Kalinga people of the northern Philippines, combining elements of an idiophone and aerophone. It is called pahinghing or paginggeng by the Isneg and pakkung by the Ibaloy. A slot divides the upper half of the thin bamboo tube (about 40 cm long and 3 cm in diameter), and these halves are shaved and shaped into slender tongues. The lower part of the tube is split partway down as a continuation of the slot. When the tongues are struck against the heel of one hand, the split allows them to vibrate and buzz. A small hole at the base of the split is closed or opened by the thumb (or third finger) of the holding hand, altering the length of the air column of the tube and thus the pitch of the buzz. The balingbing is believed to drive away evil spirits when played by young girls in the evening or by boys along paths....

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