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Traditional Chinese 熱瓦甫
Simplified Chinese 热瓦甫
Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 熱瓦普
Simplified Chinese 热瓦普
Second alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 拉瓦波
Simplified Chinese 拉瓦波
Third alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 喇巴卜
Simplified Chinese 喇巴卜

The rawap (Uyghur: راۋاپ) is a stringed instrument from Xinjiang, Western China. It's particularly associated with Uyghur music and culture.[1][2][3][4]


Similar to a lute, it has 7 strings in 3 courses. Uyghur Rawaps have decorative goat horns above the body of the instrument and the body may be covered in hide or snakeskin. [2][3]


There are several varieties of rawap, among them: [2][5]

  • Qashqer Rawap
  • Dolan Rawap - similar to the Afghan rubab
  • Bas Rawap
  • Caplima Rawap


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