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The crocodile zither "mi gyaun"

The "mi gyaun" zither is an ancient instrument of the Karen people of Burma. It was famous in the 18th and 19th century but is not performed anymore.

This modern version was made for me by U Hla San from old sketches from the 19th century. The three strings are
made of thread like the strings of the "saung" harp and are tuned in a fifth and an octave.

The hollow body appears in a crocodile shape and is covered by a red painted cow bladder. The strings are played with a plectrum fast and rapidly.

This instrument is the ancestor of the Thai and

U Hla San working on my Mi Gyaun

VIDEO (youtube)

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