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Pa’pompang – Pa’suling

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flute called a Pa’suling (suling is an Indonesian word for flute). This six-holed flute (not unique to the toraja) is played at many dances, such as the thanksgiving dance Ma’bondensan, where the flute accompanies a group of shirtless, dancing men with long fingernails. The toraja have indigenous musical instruments, such as the Pa’pelle (made from palm leaves) and the Pa’karombi (the Torajan version of a Jew’s harp). The Pa’pelle is played during harvest time and at house inauguration ceremonies.

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