'zil' is a Turkish word signifying cymbals. Zills are used in belly-dancing!
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From: "Stiofán Mac Amhalghaidh" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, 05 August, 2000 2:47 PM
Subject: Re: Wand or wreath or what?
> > Dennis,
> > > Irish tambourine?
> > >
> > > The second quotation under (a), "he shook his poet's poetic
> > > rod in the doorway of the town and the doorkeeper heard that
> > > sound" interestingly suggests that the "flesc" had moving parts,
> > > perhaps rings or bells, that would jingle or rattle.
> > I don't know if this is at all relevant, but the jingles on a tambourine
> > officially called "zills".
> Fascinating. Really. Zills... cool. 8-)
> The thought that ran through my mind reading this quotation (and its gonna
get me shot at I'm sure, but what the hell) was this:
> "sounds like a shaman's rattle..."