Type: Jaw-Harp > Plucked Idiophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 121.222
Specimen: 1 in collection.
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The kubing is a type of Philippine jaw harp from bamboo found among the Maguindanaon and other Muslim and non-Muslim tribes in the Philippines and Indonesia. It is also called kobing (Maranao); kolibau (Tingguian); aru-ding (Tagbanwa); aroding (Palawan); kulaing (Yakan); karombi (Toraja); yori (Kailinese) or Kulibaw. Ones made of sugar palm-leaf are called karinta (Munanese) ore-ore mbondu or ore Ngkale (Butonese).
Usage: The kubing is traditionally considered an intimate instrument, usually used as communication between family or a loved one in close quarters. Both genders can use the instrument, the females more infrequently than males who use it for short distance courtship.
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