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The begena is a ten stringed Ethiopian lyre. According to oral tradition, Menelik I brought the instrument from Israel, where David played it to soothe King Saul's nerves. Its provable origin remains in doubt, though local manuscripts depict the instrument at the beginning of the 15th century . The begena is used primarily  during meditation and prayer. See more pictures here.

Temesgen is available for in-person or Skype Begena lessons.