Krez (instrument)

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The krez (or krez', krezh) is a musical instrument of the Udmurt people of the Russian Urals. It is a type of zither similar to the Russian gusli.[1] The mythical origin of the krez is detailed in the Udmurt national epic, the Dokjavyl.[2] The krez was used to accompany some shamanic ritual dances,[3] and the large krez (bajym krezh) was used for music during the holiday of Bulda.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Kusle, the zither of the Volga-Finnic Mari people


  1. ^ Paul M. Gifford (2001). The hammered dulcimer: a history. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-3943-4. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Lotte Tarkka; Anna-Leena Siikala (2003). Studia Fennica: Folkloristica. Finnish Literature Society. p. 207. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Folklore. Editorial Reencuentro. 2001. p. 114. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Mare Kõiva; Kai Vassiljeva; Eesti Keele Instituut (Eesti Teaduste Akadeemia); Fr. R. Kreutzwaldi nimeline Kirjandusmuuseum (1995). Folk belief today. Estonian Academy of Sciences, Institute of the Estonian Language & Estonian Museum of Literature. p. 29. ISBN 978-9985-851-11-1. Retrieved 17 June 2012.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)