Structure of Yatoka

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Yatoga is one of the ancient musical instruments in our country. Its shape is exactly the same as that of the guzheng, but it also has its own uniqueness.

Structure of Yatoka

The Yatoga resonance box of the Mongolian nation is mostly made of a whole thick tungsten board to make a groove, with a length of 130 cm to 160 cm and a width of 20 cm to 24 cm.

The top is covered with a thin board of paulownia, the ends are slightly drooping, and some have slightly longer tails.

The left and right ends and the center of the bottom plate are respectively provided with a circular or inline-shaped sound outlet.

The whole body is painted with dark brown lacquer, and the surface of the head and tail and around the case are inlaid or depicted with images of golden dragons or cloud scrolls.

The string is made of silk or casing, and there is a column horse under the string, which can be moved to adjust the pitch.

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Yatoga (pinyin: yǎ tuō gá) is a Mongolian plucked stringed musical instrument, also known as zheng, and the Han people call it Mongolian zheng. There are differences in the use of Yatoka by all classes of the Mongolian people. The army mostly uses the 14-string Yatoka for military activities such as expeditions, battles and triumphs; the palace and the palace often use the thirteen-string Yatoka to welcome guests. In ceremonial activities such as banquets, banquets, and delivery; Lama monasteries and folk use the twelve-string Yatoka for religious and festive activities such as sacrifice, chanting, and folk grand gatherings (Naadam).

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