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How many names are there in Australia for didgeridoo?

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The didgeridoo is an ancient instrument of the aboriginal people of Australia. It has many spellings but the most common are didgeridoo, didjeridu and didjeridoo. It also is called didge or didj. The name is thought to be European in origin and a representation of a particular four beat playing rhythm, i.e. did-ger-i-doo, did-ger-i-doo. The aboriginal people had many names for the instrument, as each tribal group had a different language. Today the aboriginal name Yidaki is the most commonly accepted aboriginal name. This is the name used by the Yulgna people of the Gove Peninsula in N.E. Arnhem Land. They are the traditional people who have had the most impact in spreading knowledge of the instrument around the world.

   

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