The taraban (Ukrainian: тарабан) is a Ukrainian percussive folk instrument. The etymology of the term comes from a word meaning to make a lot of noise. The taraban consists of a wooden ring with a diameter of up to 50cm (20in) which has a skin (often made of dog or cat hide) tightened over both sides. The taraban is struck with the hand or a stick. The first mentions of the taraban date back to the 11th century. It was also a popular instrument among the Ukrainian Cossacks.
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