With thanks: Janet
Here is a piyut (religious song) traditionally played at Hanucah by the Jews of Iraq (Babylon). The oudh player explains that the piyut is performed to a particular maqam or scale. Every Shabbat and festival had its own maqam.
As a child he remembers being given a sevivon, or spinning top, to play with. Inside were sweets.
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