Chadyghan

Name: Chadyghan.
Type: Box Zither > Chordophone.
Hornbostel Sachs No#: 314.122.4
Country: Republic of Khakassia.
Region: Russian Federation.

Description: The chadyghan is a wooden zither of the Khakass people of who are a Turkic people in Russian Siberia. The instrument was considered to be sacrosanct and playing it was a rite bound to taboos. The instrument was mainly used at court and in monasteries, since strings symbolized the twelve levels of the palace hierarchy.

Construction: Usually with 6 or 7 strings stretched across movable bridges and tuned a fourth or fifth apart. The body is hollowed out from underneath like an upturned trough. It has a convex surface and an end bent towards the ground. The strings are plucked and the sound is very smooth.

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