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date: 19 November 2019

Cing [ciang]locked

  • Trân Quang Hai
  • , revised by Nguyen Thuyet Phong



Large bossed or flat gong of the central highlands of Vietnam. It consists of a metal disc surrounded by a small cord. The instrument is held by the left hand and struck with the right, the left hand being open towards the inside of the gong. Moving the palm of the hand in or out changes the loudness. Among the Mnong people cing designates an ensemble of flat gongs, normally comprising six instruments of different sizes: cing mei, cing rnuul, cing ndöt, cing lua, cing thöö, and cing thêe. The largest gong, cing mei, is 40 cm in diameter and the smallest, cing thêe, 17 cm. Several gong ensembles occur among the Jarai people. The cing arap consists of 13 gongs, bossed and flat, and sometimes includes körac-körang (cymbals); it is played at funerals during the procession from house to grave. The cing juar, played at the chief’s house after a victory, includes a ...

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