end-blown horn

Mien chorng; Akha chu du also used by Tai Lue, Lantaen and, formerly, Lisu

Mien horn (Victoria Vorreiter collection)

end-blown buffalo horn, the end sawn off and filed to make a smooth mouthpiece

horn mouthpiece

Traditionally by the Mien used as part of numerous rituals, especially to call the spirits before a ceremony. Played by teh Akha to summon people to a ceremony.

Mien horn player (photo Victoria Vorreiter)

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