Darga

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This article is about the Torah trope. For the Moraccan band, see Darga (band). For the Sufi shrine, see Dargah.
Darga
דַּרְגָּ֧א ֧ תֽוֹלְד֧וֹת
cantillation
Sof passuk ׃   paseq ׀
etnahta ֑   segol ֒
shalshelet ֓   zaqef qatan ֔
zaqef gadol ֕   tipeha ֖
revia ֗   zarqa ֘
pashta ֙   yetiv ֚
tevir ֛   geresh ֜
geresh muqdam ֝   gershayim ֞
qarney para ֟   telisha gedola ֠
pazer ֡   atnah hafukh ֢
munach ֣   mahapakh ֤
merkha ֥   merkha kefula ֦
darga ֧   qadma ֨
telisha qetana ֩   yerah ben yomo ֪
ole ֫   iluy ֬
dehi ֭   zinor ֮

Darga (Hebrew: דַּרְגָּא) is a cantillation mark commonly found in the Torah, Haftarah, and other books. The symbol for the Darga resembles a backwards Z.[1]

The Darga is usually followed by a Tevir.[2] It is most often found in places where a Tevir clause has two words that are closely related.[3] The Hebrew word דַּרְגָּ֧א translates into English as step. With the Hebrew word tevir meaning "broken," the combination of Darga Tevir means "broken step."

Darga can also be followed by a Munach Rivia.[4] Darga can also rarely be followed by a Mercha Kefula, an altogether rare trope.[5]

Total occurrences[edit]

Class !Book !Number of appearances |- |Torah |1091[6] |- |   Genesis |253[6] |- |   Exodus |221[6] |- |   Leviticus |171[6] |- |   Numbers |237[6] |- |   Deuteronomy |209[6] |- |Nevi'im |710[7] |- |Ketuvim |637[7] |}

Melody[edit]

The Darga is recited in a fast, downward slope, as follows: Darga.jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chanting the Hebrew Bible By Joshua R. Jacobson, page 45
  2. ^ Chanting the Hebrew Bible By Joshua R. Jacobson, page 113
  3. ^ Chanting the Hebrew Bible By Joshua R. Jacobson, page 168
  4. ^ Chanting the Hebrew Bible By Joshua R. Jacobson, pages 102-03
  5. ^ Chanting the Hebrew Bible By Joshua R. Jacobson, page 111
  6. ^ a b c d e f Concordance of the Hebrew accents in the Hebrew Bible: Concordance ..., Volume 1 By James D. Price, page 6
  7. ^ a b Concordance of the Hebrew accents in the Hebrew Bible: Concordance ..., Volume 1 By James D. Price, page 5