Giga

Name: Giga.
Type: Chordophones > Zither > Box > Fretted > Bowed.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 314.122.4
Country: Latvia.
Region: Baltic & North Eastern Europe.

Description: The ģīga or divstīdzis is a two-stringed fretted bowed zither found in Latvia. The instrument is descended from the psalmodicon [in Latvian: vienstīdzis or manihorka]. a bowed monochord developed in Sweden in 1829 for liturgical singing. From there it filtered down to the Latvian peasantry who sometimes added a second string for harmony.

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