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date: 11 December 2019


  • Margaret J. Kartomi
  • , revised by Andrew C. McGraw


Small bronze bossed gong of northern Nias, Indonesia, known as faritshia in southern Nias and saraina in central Nias. Its diameter ranges from 20 to 30 cm. Faritia are often played in pairs, one sounding about a whole tone above the other. The gong is suspended from the player’s left hand by a cord passing through two holes in one edge of its flange. Faritia are played in ensemble with an aramba (a larger suspended gong) and tamburu and gondra drums to accompany processional dances during the owasa feast and the evening before wedding ceremonies during the slaughter of pigs. Traditionally it is stored in a woven rattan basket, with the boss protruding from the centre of the basket, and hung on the front wall of a house to drive away evil spirits at festivals. Nowadays it is used in the Catholic liturgy.

J. Kunst: Music in Nias (Leiden, 1939), 26–7....

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