Type: Cordophones > Zither > Tube.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 312.11
Country: Sarawak Borneo, Malaysia.
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The lutong is a tube zither that is played by the Kenyah and Kayan people of Sarawak, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It is a quiet instrument used by women to accompany singing, and occasionally to lead a long-dance. There is a story told by the locals that if a man plays this instrument, he will be attacked by a tiger.
Construction: The lutong is made from a section of bamboo with the strings pulled up from the peel. The strings are stretched taut by small sticks, and held in place by a braided piece of rattan at either end. There are usually only four strings that extend the length of the tube.
Citations: Bibliography: Websites: Randy Raine-Reusch @ asza.com [lutong article] ;