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A T'boli playing the duwagey

The duwagey (duwagay) is a type of one-stringed fiddle (chordophone) found in the Southern Philippines that has a length of 51 centimeters from head to base. It is the indigenous version of the Western/European violin. The body is made from the lunay tree or from a half of the coconut shell, and the string is a copper coil. It is called duwagey by the Manobo and B'laan.

The instrument is also played by the T'boli, particularly the male, during courtship. Soon the girl would come out and leave the house to find where the tune comes from.




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