EARTH BOW (Angbindi)

This single stringed instrument is built using the earth itself as a sound-box. A hole is dug and a thin piece of wood placed over it and pegged firmly down. A pliable sappling is driven into the ground about a metre away from the hole. A cord is attatched to the centre of the board covering the hole and the sappling is bent down and also attatched to the cord. The cord is plucked while the string tension is altered by pushing the end of the sappling down or up. The construction of the earth bow is very like some of their snares and is often made when on hunting trips.

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from album Heart of the Forest

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