The tünak harp
belongs to the Karen poeple and accompanies the famous singing
of legends about the mythical land Lala.
It is also commonly used for songs of every kind: new year songs, love
songs, house building and cradle songs as well as children songs.
The six strings are tuned in a pentatonic scale and are played with
both hands, which follow the arrangement of the strings, of which some
spread out to the left and some to the right.
Both hands are able to play an ostinato sequence on which the opposite
hand adds melodical and ornamental tones.
The most interesting fact about this instrument is that this is the
only arched harp besides the famouse Burmese saung gauk harp
still existing in
Asia today. Though the age of this instrument is not yet reserached,
scientists like Judith Becker refer these instruments via India and old
trading routes back to the ancient Mesopotamian harps and