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Scale Name Tradition: Exoticisms

These are scale names that were coined by western theorists, using names of foreign and exotic places. In some cases the names have a real connection to a place or culture they describe, but too often these names are unrelated to any actual musical traditions. Some are arguably racist. Many of these modes have authentic names, for example the exoticism named "Jewish" scale (1711) is called "Adonai Malakh" in the Jewish musical tradition.

5Vietnamese Ditonic{0,2}
41Vietnamese Tritonic{0,3,5}
137Peruvian Tritonic 2{0,3,7}
145Peruvian Tritonic 1{0,4,7}
149Eskimo Tetratonic{0,2,4,7}
161Warao Tritonic{0,5,7}
169Vietnamese Tetratonic{0,3,5,7}
307Syrian Pentatonic{0,1,4,5,8}
419Japanese (a){0,1,5,7,8}
421Japanese (b){0,2,5,7,8}
661Peruvian Pentatonic 1{0,2,4,7,9}
677Scottish Pentatonic{0,2,5,7,9}
693Scottish Hexatonic{0,2,4,5,7,9}
725Ancient Chinese{0,2,4,6,7,9}
877Hungarian Major Inverse{0,2,3,5,6,8,9}
947Romani Hexatonic{0,1,4,5,7,8,9}
1025Warao Ditonic{0,10}
1037Warao Tetratonic{0,2,3,10}
1193Peruvian Pentatonic 2{0,3,5,7,10}
1197Eskimo Hexatonic 1{0,2,3,5,7,10}
1395Asian (a){0,1,4,5,6,8,10}
1397Arabian (b){0,2,4,5,6,8,10}
1403Eight-tone Spanish{0,1,3,4,5,6,8,10}
1453Peruvian Minor{0,2,3,5,7,8,10}
1459Spanish Romani
Dorico Flamenco
Altered Hungarian
1467Spanish Phrygian{0,1,3,4,5,7,8,10}
1485Minor Romani
Romani Scale
Asian (b)
Hungarian Minor Inverse
Minor Romani Inverse
1653Minor Romani Inverse{0,2,4,5,6,9,10}
1709Eskimo Heptatonic{0,2,3,5,7,9,10}
Spanish Octamode
1741Romanian Scale
Rumanian Minor
Ukrainian Minor
1747Romanian Major{0,1,4,6,7,9,10}
1753Hungarian Major{0,3,4,6,7,9,10}
2389Eskimo Hexatonic 2{0,2,4,6,8,11}
2475Hungarian Romani{0,1,3,5,7,8,11}
2483Major Romani
Hungarian Romani Persian
Flamenco Mode
2489Romani Hexatonic Inverse{0,3,4,5,7,8,11}
2509Hungarian Minor
Egyptian Heptatonic
Flamenco Mode
2739Hungarian Romani Inverse{0,1,4,5,7,9,11}
2805Kubilai's Mongol Scale{0,2,4,5,6,7,9,11}
2925Arabian A{0,2,3,5,6,8,9,11}
3515Moorish Phrygian{0,1,3,4,5,7,8,10,11}
3765Chinese Eight-Tone{0,2,4,5,7,9,10,11}