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Urtin duu

Mongolian long song


Overtone singing tradition in Mongolia

2 distinct tones at the same time, selectively amplifying overtones. loop


Non-human entities are spiritual beings and have souls.

No separation between spiritual and material world


Practices used to communicate with spiritual realm

Shaman act as intermediaries between spiritual and material world. Enter ecstatic state to comm. w/ spirits. Healer for imbalance between worlds.


Mongolian sacred shrine or alter

Spiritual use of music

Bridge linking humans w/ supernatural and divine

People interact with spirits by imitating natural sounds (honors the spirit) either precisely (iconic imitations) or imaginative (aesthetic imitation)

Aesthetic imitation

Musical sounds inspired by nature that cannot be imitated precisely. Used by singers in order to interact with spirits.

Throat singing is a form

Mongolian instruments

Morin Huur: Trapezoid shaped long-neck fiddle (bowed, chordophone)

Igil: 2-stringed horse headed fiddle, (bowed, chordophone)

Doshpuluur: 3-stringed plucked chordophone.

Accompaniment to singing, based on horses galloping.

Horse hair used to make string and bow. Horse is the most important animal in Mongolian culture.