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Khoomei
Tuvan throat singing,is a magical singing art created by the Mongolian people. According to research, the history of Khoomei can be tracked back to China’s Hun period
Tuvan throat singing,is a magical singing art created by the Mongolian people. According to research, the history of Khoomei can be tracked back to China’s Hun period, which is more than two thousand years ago. Ancestors on the Mongolian plateau devoutly imitated the sounds of the nature in their hunting and nomadic activities, and they believed that this was an important way to communicate and live in harmony with the nature and the universe. Thus some potentialities of human vocal organs were developed, and while imitating the sounds of waterfalls, mountains, forests, and animals, a person could emit a “harmony”, i.e. the embryonic form of Khoomei. The vocal principles of Khoomei are special in that a singer simply uses his vocal organs to resonate with the gas in the cavity, with or without vocal cord vibration, so that a person can simultaneously produce two voice parts, forming a rare form of multiple parts. Given that the vocal method and sound characteristics of Khoomei are quite rare, vocalists describe this singing “as high as the zenith of the sky, as deep as the bottom of the sea, and as wide as the edge of the earth”. It is China’s unique singing art. It is inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.
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