Kubing (Maranao)

Name: Kubing

Classification: Single-tongue bamboo jaw’s harp.

Description: The top skin of a single node of bamboo is carved with a thin tongue at the center.  The body is carved with designs and colored with natural dyes.  The kubing is played for recreation. It is likewise used as a courtship instrument between young boys and girls and who communicate with each other while playing the instrument.  By doing so, their elderly parents are unable to understand what is being said between the two lovers.  Incised decorative designs adorn the instrument proof of the Maranao’s artistry.

Material: bamboo, dye

Ethnolinguistic Group: Maranao

Place: Marawi, Lanao del Sur

Date Collected: 1991


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