Giga

Name: Giga.
Type: Bowed Zithers > Chordophones.
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Country: Latvia.
Region: Baltic & North Eastern Europe.

Description: The ģīga or divstīdzis is a two-stringed 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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