- Tiberiu Alexandru
Romanian term for bell. There are many names for bells, which are differentiated according to their size and shape: clopot, cloput, and talangă for larger bells, and clopoţel, acioaie, cioaie, birje, brînceliu, cingeteu, giangăras, zdrîncănă, zurgalău, and other terms for the smaller kinds, including both clapper and pellet bells. Hung around the necks of cattle and sheep, they serve a signalling purpose; the number and dimensions of the bells, tuned to various pitches, depend on the size of the flock. Such bells, in many forms, also have a musical function in the masked luck-wish ceremonies at New Year. They decorate nuptial banners, emitting a joyous sound every time the banner is shaken. In some parts of the country ...