Kazakh Wind Instruments

The first mentions of nomadic instruments, similar to a flute, are found in written sources of the 13-14 centuries.

Despite the fact that in the modern musical world sybyzgy is only becoming popular, in the era of the early nomads, according to musicologists, this instrument was used as  dombyra and kobyz. But after, the wind instrument lost its popularity. The famous Russian ethnographer Alexander Zataevich in his writings wrote that the reason for this was the departure of the nomads from Tengrianism and pagan rites. It was then that dombyra became more important due to which the Kazakhs did not heal and did not appeal to the spirits of their ancestors.

Sybyzgy, on the other hand, became a instrument with which people conveyed good and bad news, mourned the dead and exalted the newborns.

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