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Zil are the finger cymbals used by belly dancers. Traditionally they’re made from bronze, brass, or silver.
However, metal zils are loud and dancers sometimes prefer zils made from wood for practice. Wooden zils are also sometimes used by musical groups for their distinctive sound and rhythm. Zils are used in pairs, held between the thumb and the middle finger (a tight elastic band goes through those slots). There is a concave cavity in the bottom that makes a loud Clack! when the zils are clicked together.
The zils are turned on my lathe from various hardwoods, each with its own sound. These are purpleheart, epe, oak, and rosewood.
-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station