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Gaita is the common name used for the array of Iberian bagpipes.
There are several theories behing the origin of the word Gaita.
Although contested, the linguist Joan Coromines has suggested that the word gaita most likely derived from a Gothic word gait or gata, meaning “goat” – an obvious reference made in most cultures, as the bag was, and still is in many cases, made out of a whole goat hide. This conjecture comes from the historic fact that Gothic was spoken in Iberia from the fifth century to the eighth century when the country was ruled by the German Visigoths.
Others give examples of other world bagpipes like the, Gaida, the Gajda, the Gajdy, etc as a way of establishing a commonality, suggesting that at some point the sound “Gait(d)a” was the most widespread term to describe the instrument.
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