Đàn tính

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Đàn tính
Thai tinh tau.png
Dan Tinh
String instrument
Other namesTính tẩu
Classification String instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification
(Composite chordophone)

The đàn tính, or tính tẩu (gourd lute), is a stringed musical instrument played by the Tay people of Lạng Sơn Province in Vietnam.[1] Although "tinh tau" originated as a Tay word, both names are used in Vietnamese.[2] The instrument has two strings in two courses. The strings are made of silk, nylon or fishing wire.[3] It is used by shamans in séances in the hope that it will be animated by spirits.[1]

In 2007, Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism submitted a plan to promote the instrument, as well as the "Then” style of singing that it often accompanies.[4] A seminar recommended that traditional songs be transcribed and recordings made, and that local art schools provide instruction in this type of music.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Ethnologists find that gods are often present in unlikely places", Viet Nam News, July 29, 2006.
  2. ^ Maurice Abadie, Walter E. J. Tips - Minorities of the Sino-Vietnamese borderland, 2001. "In reality the Tho (Tay) produce a distinct stringed musical instrument called a tinh tau in Tay and dan tinh in Vietnamese of a type also used by the Thai Khao (the Tay version having one string and the Tai Khao version two strings)."
  3. ^ La Công Ý, "Đàn tính The Marvelous and Sacred Musical Instrument of the Tày People", Asian Ethnology, Volume 67, Number 2, 2008, pp. 271–286.
  4. ^ a b "Seminar comes up with measures to preserve “Then” singing", VOV News, May 10, 2007.

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