Pat Waing

Name: Pat waing.
Type: Circular Drum Set > Membranophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 211.22
Country: Myanmar [Burma].
Region: South East Asia.

Description: The pat waing [in Burmese: ပတ်ဝိုင်း literal meaning: “Hung Drums”] is a set of 21 barrel drums intricately suspended in a circular frame. It is played as a lead instrument of an Hsaing waing [ဆိုင်းဝိုင်း] orchestra. The player sits in the middle of a horseshoe-shaped frame made of elaborately carved wood and decorated with gold leaf.

Etymology: Saing meaning hung in Burmese and Waing meaning drum they are now generally referred to as Pat Waing, Hsaing waing only used when referring to the drums as part of an orchestra.

Playing Techniques: The drums are played with the bare hands. Originally known as the Saing Waing because the drums were hung on great wall of cadena.

Citations: Burmese Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, P. 251 “Saing Saya” – printed in 1962

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