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date: 14 November 2019


  • Terry E. Miller


Term for various types of drums of Cambodia. The skor arakk, an earthenware or wooden goblet drum, has a head of snake, calf, or lizard skin, laced on with rattan. It is used in ensembles for many occasions including weddings, folkdances, and the cult of the deities. The skor chhaiyaim, a goblet drum with a long body partly covered by a cloth skirt, is made from jackfruit wood and is played in ensembles to accompany folkdances and for festivals related to Buddhism.

The term skor klang khek denotes one or more cylindrical two-headed drums played singly or in groups depending on context. Because they are considered ‘suspended’, they are also called skor yol (‘suspended’), and because they are used in funerals, they are also called skor chhanakk. Although likely of Malaysian origin (‘khek’), the term skor klang khek combines Khmer for drum (skor) with the Thai term for the drums, ...

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