Long drum

Kachin chying; Wa ge luo; also played by the Pa O, Khamu, Lawa, Lamet and Eng

Manau festival Arunothai

a long double-sided drum made from a tree trunk, brightly decorated, suspended from a wooden frame and struck with a flat beater. It is played by two musicians simultaneously, one at each side. 2 metres long and 50-60 centimetres in diameter. The drum is treated with reverence and is a symbol of the cohesion of the group and the authority of the leaders as well as representing higher spiritual powers on earth. It is only used for important communications and solemn festivals. The Eng Wa consider it a fertility drum. All male members of the community must touch the drum while a musician pounds a steady rhythm.

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