Trembita - a Hutsul horn

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The 'trembita' is a Ukrainian mountain horn made from a piece of pine or spurse, preferably one that has been struck by a lighting. The long piece of wood is first cut into two halves so that the inside can be removed and shaped finely, and the two halves are then attached together to make a fine musical instrument.

Used primarily by mountain dwellers known as Hutsuls in the Carpathians, it was a signaling device to announce deaths, funerals, weddings as well as a mean of communication and dog and sheep guiding for shepherds in the forested mountains.

The short ethnographic video below shows a Hutsul funeral with the trembita players: