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Gijak
Gijak is a bowed string instrument played by the Uygur, Uzbek and Tajik ethnic groups. As one of the unique musical instruments of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, it is mainly used to play folk music and classical music

Gijak is a bowed string instrument played by the Uygur, Uzbek and Tajik ethnic groups. As one of the unique musical instruments of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, it is mainly used to play folk music and classical music. Its prototype originated in ancient Persia. There is such a beautiful folklore with regard to the name of the Gijak instrument: A long time ago, there was a young man named Gijak in a caravan shuttling back and forth on the Silk Road. One day, Gijak met an exceptionally beautiful young girl as he looked for food to eat in the bustling Chang’an, and the two fell in love at first sight. Gijak specifically bought a Persian “Huqin” for the young girl as he went to Persia. Unfortunately, Gijak died of illness on the way back. Before his death, Gijak asked his companions to take the Huqin to Chang’an and give it to the girl. The sad girl shed floods of tears as she was given the Huqin. In order to commemorate her beloved, the girl named the Huqin as Gijak, the name of her lover.

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