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"The Devil and the bagpipe"

An old narrative told in Banat (but also elsewhere): "Whereas God invented the flute, the Devil invented the bagpipe, but he could use the instrument only after he took wax from the bees - which are God’s creatures - to tune his instrument".


Sources

Habenicht, Gottfried: Die rumänischen Sackpfeifen. In: Jb. f. Volksliedforschung 19. Jahrgang (Freiburg im Breisgau, 1974), p.123 (note 39).

ws (Translation from the German text in Habenicht)