Today, I present to you the…interesting…musical stylings of the quijada de burro — literally, the ‘donkey jaw’.
‘Quijada de Burro’ stands for what, now?
Made by boiling down a real donkey, horse, or cow jaw and then drying it until the teeth are a bit loose, this Latin American instrument provides percussion sound both by slapping the wider portion of the bone to make the teeth rattle, and by rubbing wood over the teeth. It’s most commonly used at carnivals and religious festivals. Demonstration:
And there you have it: the quijada de burro. Is this the strangest instrument you’ve ever seen?