This Ancient Nordic Herding Call Is So Beautiful It Will Send Chills Down Your Spine

Posted by Paige Cerulli

This herding call sounds more like a work of art that could be performed on a concert stage than a call to bring animals in.

How do you call in your livestock from the field? Do your cows or goats come when you whistle or call their names? Maybe you resort to shaking a grain bucket to tempt them toward the pasture gate. Whatever your method, chances are that it's not as beautiful as this woman's unique herding call.

The woman in this video is demonstrating kulning, an ancient Scandanavian herding call. Since women are often the caregivers of flocks in mountain fields, they're the ones who most frequently use this call. The call mimics a song, but is full of semi tones and unusual pitches which give it a very distinct and ethereal sound. Herds learn to recognize the song, and it's possible that the call also helps to deter predators.

Take a look and make sure that your volume is turned up.

Isn't this one of the most beautiful songs you've ever heard? Its high pitches mean that the sound can carry over great distances, which is ideal when you're trying to summon livestock from a large pasture.

The tones echo off of the mountains, and sometimes families even include the names of their animals in their song's creation. Kulning calls are individual to each family, though some families pass the songs down from generation to generation.

The next time that you go out to call in your animals, will you be giving this call a try?

What do you think of kulning? Let us know in the comments below!

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This Ancient Nordic Herding Call Is So Beautiful It Will Send Chills Down Your Spine