A Traditional Yakutian Instrument: Vargan


BILIG, vol.69, no.69, pp.75-88, 2014 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 69 Issue: 69
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.12995/bilig.2014.6904
  • Journal Name: BILIG
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.75-88
  • Keywords: Vargan, playing vargan, vargan music, notation system of vargan, culture of Yakut
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


Vargan, which is a musical instrument that originated in Asia and whose earliest archaeological examples can be found in Northeast Asia, is commonly known as "jew's harp" throughout the world. It is known that this instrument could be found in Europe by the 13th century and spread to Africa and America from there.