Hgelung (Tboli)

Tonding Flam playing her "hegelung."  (photo taken in Lake Sebu by ECLJ)

Tonding Flam playing her “hgelung.” (photo taken in Lake Sebu by ECLJ)

 

Name: hgelung

Classification: Boat lute

Description:  Made from a single trunk of wood.  Two strings run the length of the instrument from the neck up to the body at the end of which is a bridge.  The strings are wound around tuning pegs at the top of the neck.  Wooden frets are attached to the body by beeswax.  The hgalong is considered a “female” instrument as it belongs to the “lemnek/lemnoy” category of T’boli music instruments attributed with female characteristics such as being soft-sounding and possessing melodic ornamentation.  However, it is played by both men and women. in  different occasions and contexts.   It is played solo or with another person tapping on its strings with a pair of thin bamboo sticks.  In courtship dances, it is paired with the s’ludoy (polychordal zither) in the seguyun ensemble.   Of the two strings, only the bottom one is placed on the frets as the top one acts as a drone.

Material: wood (body), metal (strings), cloth

Ethnolinguistic Group: Tboli

Place: Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Photograph taken: May 2014.

 

 


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