RIGA - You can go to any Lithuanian village and probably have no problem finding someone ready to churn out a slew of folk songs on an accordion or even a cappella. But considerably fewer would be prepared to strike up a tune on the kankles. Still, this old folk instrument is kept alive by people who not only enjoy tickling its strings, but see it as a treasured symbol of the nation itself.In basic terms, the traditional Lithuanian kankles is a wooden box with nine or 12 strings stretched across it which can be either strummed or plucked by the musician, who holds it across his or her lap l...
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