January 12, 2021
Kulning, the Ancient Nordic Art of Calling in the Herd With Haunting Song
In ancient Scandinavian forests, farms, and valleys, women once widely practiced Kulning, a haunting singing that served to call in the animals. It was also a kind of warning system for any nearby homesteads or herders, as the piercing song echoes and vibrates over long distances.
There are still some practitioners in the Nordic countries, but they’re mostly just breathing life into a long-vanished part of Scandinavian culture.
Below is a cool look at the practice in action, with cows returning to the barn, called by a beautiful song.