Dohol; Persian Musical Instrument

The Dohol is an instrument of the family of two-sided membranophones. It, which is present in different shapes and sizes in different parts of Iran, is known by the following names: Dohol, dehel, dahil, dol, daval, timbuk, judeh, gap Dohol, dehlak, dehlak nal, dammām etc.

All types of Dohol have a wooden cylinder (sometimes made of metal), are covered by leather on both sides and the skins are joined to the body by two rings with a row of cords. This instrument is played in different ways in different areas of Iran (usually with two wooden sticks).

Generally it accompanies the sorna (the Persian oboe) and the horn. The opportunities for using this tool are varied; for example the Dohol, which is commonly played in the marriages of ethnic groups and nomads of Iran, a Bushehr it is used in mourning ceremonies (dammām) and some types of it are used in the local rites of Hormozgan.

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