The Legendary Story of Dongbula - The Companion of the People's Souls

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Dongbula, also known as Dongbula and Dongbula, is a traditional plucked instrument in Central Asia, especially popular among Kazakhs in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Xinjiang. Its origin, there is a beautiful and moving story.

The Legendary Story of Dongbula - The Companion of the People's Souls

Legend has it that long ago, there was a brutal khan on the steppe. His son, who was just as ruthless and cruel as him, disappeared during a hunt before his 50th birthday. The khan ordered the servants in the palace to find him within three days, and whoever brought bad news would be fed. Punishment full of boiling aluminum water.

A young rider found the body of Khan's son next to a hushan tree. He found the smartest old shepherd on the prairie and asked him to help him come up with an idea. After thinking hard for a long time, the old man finally came up with a way: as long as he didn't say anything, he could escape the cruel punishment. I saw him grab two of the best thin wooden boards from the tree in front of the house, slaughter his own horse, and pull out the two long tendons on the horse's legs.

The old man made thin plates and long tendons into a magical musical instrument. The servants who led the search for the Khan's son rode straight to the palace. When he came to the palace, the khan sat on his throne, and in the center of the palace stood a pot full of boiling aluminum water. "Did you bring me news of the prince?" Khan roared fiercely at the old man. The old man took out the musical instrument he had made last night and played it against Khan.

The poignant music tells the truth about what happened. Khan was furious after hearing this, and wanted to punish the old shepherd. The old shepherd told Khan with a calm expression that it was Dongbula in my hand who made the sound. If you want to punish him, punish him.

The irrational Khan ordered the warriors to punish the old shepherd, and the old shepherd picked up Dongbula and sang the long-buried anger in his heart.

The old man's song made the servants look up, and the court warrior straightened his chest and sang along with the old man. The singing sounded like a volcanic eruption, and the Khan lost his former majesty. This is Dongbra's first song, and since then, the Kazakh people's soulmate, Dongbra, has become popular on the grasslands.

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Akendumbra (pinyin: ā kěn dōng bù lā) is a Kazakh plucked stringed musical instrument. The Kazakh language "Aken" means "folk singer". Akendumbra is a tombula commonly used by folk singers when they play and sing.

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