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Moon festival brings out the special activities of the Khmer people [ more... ]
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Tết Đoan Ngọ is also called Tết Đoan Dương. ‘Đoan’ is beginning. ‘Ngọ’ means noon. ‘Dương’ is sun. ‘Đoan Dương’ means the hottest period of the year. Tết Đoan Ngọ is an occasion for people to worship and mark a new season bringing bright and peaceful days. [ more... ]
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Just like the Kinh people’s family worship house, the Co Tu also had a family house for the whole kin within a village. After over 50 years not having one because of the wars, the Co Tu of Porning Village, Lang Commune, Tay Giang District, are the first ones in Quang Nam Province to have restored this custom. [ more... ]
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Fishermen curry favour with the god of the sea [ more... ]
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Every year, the Co Tu ‘plant’ a x'nur tree (cây nêu) and tie a buffalo to it for sacrifice to the gods, good ghosts and ancestors to beg for a year of good weather, good crops, peace and harmony in the village. [ more... ]
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Downstream from Hue to Thuan An, Huong (Perfume) River meets Bo River in such a glorious grandeur of water and sky that even the most indifferent ones have to utter ‘so beautiful!’ [ more... ]
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Bazaars are not, by nature, permanent structures. Rows of thatched huts, mostly wall-less, they come and go based on the needs of the town or village and the fortunes and fates of the individual families that make up the vendors. When the market is closed for the evening or a holiday, the simple structures are desolate and sad. [ more... ]
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There can be few things more pleasing to the eye than a fine lady in a fine dress. In Vietnam, ‘fine dress’ means the long, two-piece dress known as the ao dai, which is, of course, a national symbol. It consists of a flowing, tight-fitting tunic over loose pantaloons and is one of only a few Vietnamese words that one may find in an English dictionary. [ more... ]
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began wearing the ao dai (lit. ‘long gown’) at the age of 10, when my mother had sewed me a new ao dai for the Tet lunar new year as if to mark the figure of my person. Since then, the ao dai has followed me throughout my youth. The year that I matriculated at Dong Khanh Women’s Secondary School, my mother made the uniform out of white silk. [ more... ]
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uan Yu (Gong) is a deity in Chinese mythology, a remarkable figure in popular Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism. Confucianism considers him the ‘Martial God’ (whereas the ‘Intellectual God’ is Confucius himself). In Buddhism, he is a dharmapāla named Gia Lam Bodhisattva, and in Taoism, he is the ‘Great Triple Wrath King’. [ more... ]
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