Types: Aerophones > Reeds > Free > Pipes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 412.131
Specimen: Three in Collection.
Area: Yunnan Province.
Country: China & Vietnam.
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The bawu [simplified Chinese: 巴乌; traditional Chinese: 巴烏; pinyin: bāwū] is a free reed single pipe aerophone of the Miao Hmong], Dai, Yi, Hani and other minority cultures in Yunnan province and South Western China.
Etymology: The name Bawu is a Chinese name believed to be borrowed from Miao language; local names include bi [Dai], meiba [Hani] and jifeili [Yi]. The Thai pī saw is a related instrument. A similar instrument is found in Vietnam.
Construction: The bawu is constructed from a length of bamboo tube about 30 cm or longer. It is closed at the blowing end by a natural node, open at the bottom. Near the closed end a small rectangular opening is carved through the side of the bamboo and a free reed of bamboo or bronze secured over the opening.
Citations: Bibliography: Websites: Randy Raine-Reusch @ Asza.com / Bawu ;