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In his dictionary of southern Vietnamese, scholar Vuong Hong Sen writes, “Mangrove apple trees have beautiful green leaves. At night, the sight of many fireflies perched upon them is quite lovely. [ more... ]
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Living in the northwest highlands of Quang Nam and southwest of Thua Thien-Hue, the Co Tu ethnic people still maintain some traditional festivals. Notable among them is the Ch’chrai buffalo sacrifice festival. [ more... ]
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Just as I stepped off the train at five in the morning, my friend greeted me at the Hanoi station and whispered enticingly, ‘At midday, let’s go drinking with the whole gang! I’ve already called them for a rendezvous.’ [ more... ]
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Pham Duy, a prolific musician, passed away at his home in Ho Chi Minh City on 27 January. He was 91. Vietnamese media ranked him one among several ‘grand old trees’ of Vietnamese reformed music, a movement which began in late 1930s under western influence, as compared to traditional music. [ more... ]
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In the traditional culture of the Central Highlands, the hamlet is the basic unit of civilization. The hamlet is a portion of land hacked out from the overwhelming environment of the jungle. [ more... ]
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Around 30-35 people are killed in road accidents in Vietnam every day, according to a report by the National Traffic Safety Committee. A shrine, or house for the spirits, is put up by the roadside where a person has been killed in an accident. [ more... ]
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Besides their functions as a means of travel, transportation, fishing, and communication, boats are also a unique cultural product that is associated with the traditions, customs, and rituals relating to rivers and waterways. Among the more common customs is painting eyes on boats. [ more... ]
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The word ‘snake’ is mentioned in Vietnamese idioms and proverbs, although it is not as popular as fish, tiger, dog, cat or buffalo. ‘Carrying a snake home to strike the chicken’ is a saying used to refer to people who bring home enemy to do harm to their dear and near. [ more... ]
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In Vietnamese Culture, each lunar year is represented by an animal. The year 2013 is the year of the snake. The snake is worshiped as a water deity throughout Vietnam, according to Tran Minh Huong*, who also says snake worship is an ancient Vietnamese belief, and that the snake is regarded as the Vietnamese totem animal. [ more... ]
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