A woman plays the dan tinh
|Other names||Tính tẩu|
The đàn tính, or tính tẩu (gourd lute), is a stringed musical instrument played by the Tay people of Lạng Sơn Province in Vietnam. Although "tinh tau" originated as a Tay word, both names are used in Vietnamese. The instrument has two strings in two courses. The strings are made of silk, nylon or fishing wire. It is used by shamans in séances in the hope that it will be animated by spirits.
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. A seminar recommended that traditional songs be transcribed and recordings made, and that local art schools provide instruction in this type of music.
- "Ethnologists find that gods are often present in unlikely places", Viet Nam News, July 29, 2006.
- 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)."
- 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.
- "Seminar comes up with measures to preserve “Then” singing", VOV News, May 10, 2007.
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