Castanets are a several century old wooden percussion instrument whose origin is attributed to the Phoenicians, a culture who populated the basin of the Mediterranean including Greece, Italy, and Spain. They consist of two pairs of cup-shaped pieces, made of special wood or other materials used to produce rhythmic and musical sound. Each pair is drilled for a decorative cord that is looped around the thumb. The castanets then hang downwards and are played by using the fingers.
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