A Tongkaling with a particular design
Tongkaling, bronze bells, on a dance girdle
Idiophones, pellet bells
or crotal bells
Brass bells, used as an amulet or as a musical instrument.
In the picture fourteen brass bells are fixed to a metal girdle.
Nine of these bells have a particular design (a tiger's face).
The girdle with tongkaling is used
during the performance of a dance around a logdrum
(the 'udul; 'u' pronounced as in 'enough') on
which the woman with the two beaters plays a steady rhythm and
the dancer plays complex syncopic rhythms interlocking with
the sound of the two beaters.
F. de Jager, courtesy Philippine
Council for Living Traditions
For an extensive report on these bells with a tiger's face and
their use, see the website on tiger
Tongkaling: larger brass pellet bells
Gurung-gurung: smaller brass pellet bells
Ethnic group: B'laan
Location: SE Mindanao
Similar instruments (both with and without the
face-like design) are used by:
- Bagobo, SE Mindanao,
- Kalagan, SE Mindanao,
- Tagbanwa, Palawan,
- Muslim groups, Muslim south, and other groups.
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