Type: Aerophones > Flutes > Nose.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.121.12
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The tongali is a vertical nose flute having four finger holes, this includes the thumb hole at the back of the flute. The Tongali is played by the Kalinga and other peoples in Luzon, Philippines. The tongali is studied in the music department of UP [University Of Philippines] among other traditional instruments.
Origin: There are stories from this region that say that the nose flute was used to help rice grow when it was young, as the rice was attracted to the soft sounds of the flute, and would grow to put its ear above the water to hear it better.
Citations: Bibliography: Websites: Randy Raine-Reusch @ asza.com [Tongali Article] ;