In Mongolia, transverse flutes have been played probably since the 3rd to 1st century BC. The limbe was made from bamboo, hardwood, or other materials.
A legend says that one day a shepherd boy was enchanted by beautiful music, when he was looking for the player he found a bamboo tube with a hole in a dry autumn bamboo forest. The wind whistling through the hole made this beautiful music. He built a flute out of this bamboo, and Limbe was born.
Special feature of the LIMBE:
By breathing circularly, limbe performers can create the continuous, sweeping melodies that are characteristic of the long song. The players breathe in through their noses and blow out through their mouths at the same time.
A song can last up to 25 minutes and must be played without interruption.
The open side holes are used for air regulation.
There is also a limbe with an additional hole between the blowhole and the first hole. This hole is glued like the Korean Daegeum flute. And 2 holes at the end serve the purely decorative purpose.