Kyi Zi

Name: Kyi Zi.
Type: Idiophones > Metallophones > Gongs.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 111.222
Country: Burma [Myanmar].
Region: South East Asia.
Specimen: 1 in collection.
Acquisition Source: Randy Raine-Reusch @

Description: A [in Burmese; ကြေး စည်] twirling plate gong of Burma used in Buddhist temples to herald a donation to the temple. These gongs are traditionally suspended from the outside corner of the temple and struck at the bottom corner when a donation is made to the temple.

As they spin they create beautiful overtones displayed when combining with the beating of the gong during the twirl. Changes as the sound and spin decay. They come in a variety of sizes from 3 inches across to 20 feet across. Some websites name these instruments as gansadan, but this is not correct.

Citations: Bibliography: Randy-Raine-Reusch @ [Kyi Zi article].

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