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Gusle

 

(Serbo-Croatian and Slovenian), gusla (Bulgarian), a folk instrument of the South Slavs played with a bow. It has a hollow, oval or pear-shaped wooden body with a leather diaphragm stretched over the open side and one or two horsehair strings. The player only touches the strings lightly and does not press them to the finger-board. The instrument is used mainly to accompany singing.

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But I don't think that the Nuyorican crowd resembles a bunch of Greeks sitting around a fire listening to the vates strum a gusla singing about the rage of Achilles.
Rhapsodists from Bosnia are invited each year to the home of the Vizier to recite passages from the ancient epic in the Bosniak language (that is, the Slav language of the Bosnian Muslims), accompanied on the single-stringed Serb gusla.
The guslari accompany themselves on the gusla, or gusle (a one-stringed instrument), and intone their musical stories.
Will Nediger says "One of my musical dictionaries lists both gusla (or gusle) and gusli, both ancient stringed instruments, the former Slavonic an the latter Russian.
4) Gusla is Serbian for the instrument upon which Serbian minstrels, guslars, played while singing Serbian epic and hero songs.