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Two comic songs followed, with men making amorous advances and women playing coy. The audience (many of whom were Uighur) laughed uproariously at the song’s words, which were undoubtedly bawdy. The musical solos had the same nasal quality as a neighing horse. The liveliest dance was that of a young girl accompanied by a snake-skin drum, she writhed and flexed every limb, her body bending over backward to touch the ground then rising and whirling away in circles.