The kulibit is a type of tube zither played by the Kalinga people of the Philippines. The instrument consists of a long tube of bamboo which has been slit to allow five or six strands of the bamboo husk to be played as "strings".[1]

The instrument is also played by the Bontoc and Tinguian people who call it the kollitong, and the Manobo and Tiruray people, who call it the saluray, togo,[2] or takumbu.[3]

These types of instruments, in which a portion of the body of the instrument serves as a strings, are referred to as idiochords. A similar instrument is found in Madagascar, the valiha, though modern valihas may use separate metal or plastic strings.

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  1. Moore, Marvelene C.; Ewell, Philip (2010). Kaleidoscope of Cultures: A Celebration of Multicultural Research and Practice. Rowman & Littlefield Education. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-60709-301-5.
  2. Santos, Ramon Pagayon (1995). The Musics of Asean. ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information.
  3. Apel, Willi (2003). The Harvard Dictionary of Music. Harvard University Press. p. 827. ISBN 978-0-674-01163-2.
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