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date: 16 November 2019

Pensol [fensol, suling]locked

  • Jack Percival Baker Dobbs
  • , revised by Patricia Matusky


[fensol, suling]

Nose flute of the Semai, Temiar, and Jah Hut aborigines of Peninsular Malaysia. It is made of bamboo, with usually three or four fingerholes, and the embouchure in the node at the proximal end. Nose flutes listed by Blacking, all from Senoi groups, vary in size from about 30 to 43 cm long about 10 to 15 mm in diameter. During performance the non-blowing nostril is plugged with a wad of tobacco, grass, or leaves. The instrument is used mainly for solo playing and also to accompany singing and dancing. The Jah Hut in Pahang call it suling, and in Sabah and Sarawak it is respectively called turali and selingut.

Pensol is also a name for a bamboo notched flute (14 cm long, 2.5 cm in diameter) used to imitate bird calls. A U-shaped notch is cut into the upper opening of the tube to facilitate blowing. The node at the lower end is pierced by a small hole opened or closed to produce two notes....

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