The 'Gaita Transmontana' a new-old bagpipe

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Bagpiping In Portugal 18th C nativity scene Although they could have dated from earlier, from the late middle ages onwards, there is plenty of surviving iconographical evidence in Portugal to show existence of bagpipes in the country. The evidence is in the form of illuminations, paintings, sculptures and engravings. From the 18th century there are numerous clay and wooden nativity scenes, which include depictions of Portuguese popular and rural life, where one can spot many bagpipers.

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