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The origin of the hand-held percussion instrument known as Castanets is unknown.

They were in use in the 1700s, but are probably much older. Possibly related to the Roman instrument called Crotalum.

The name is from the diminutive of castaña - 'chestnut' in Spanish.

See : Wikipedia

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The earliest documented reference to the Flamenco tradition goes back to the late eighteenth century. Its development since then has been extensively documented, but the origins of the tradition are unknown.

"There is no doubt that Flamenco is rooted in various Andalusian popular musical styles, although its origins is the subject of many hypotheses which may or may not have ideological implications and none of which are necessarily mutually exclusive. The most widespread is that fla…

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