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‘Where else in the world is alcohol given these formidable “functions” and by women? Men are absolutely forbidden in the fabrication of stem alcohol. This is the restricted domain, world, secret and power of women.’ [ more... ]
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According to the Buddhist calendar of the Khmer people in the Mekong Delta, on the full-moon night of the _last month of the year [ more... ]
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Several peoples in Vietnam’s Central Highlands build storehouses for food and seed. [ more... ]
Writing about Y Yơn would be demanding. To depict the wind? A film director, a young friend of mine, asked, ‘Who would you choose for the role of a village patriarch?’ [ more... ]
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‘Since she doesn't have the land to grow rice to feed herself, and she doesn't have a family, she has to choose that terrible career’ [ more... ]
Right until my mother’s death last year, in her dim eyes I [I am Vietnamese (Kinh)] remained a child of ten, even with my grey hair. [ more... ]
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Information from the Venerable Thich To Lien in 1952* [ more... ]
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There is a kind of votive object that is made of inflammable material, especially paper, or bamboo or wood, and painted, so it can be incinerated after it has been offered to the dead for use in the world of the dead. [ more... ]
A love song of the Jarai, an ethnic minority of the Central Highlands, says ‘I do thunder and you do lightning . . .’ The Jarai, like the Ede, Churu and Raglai, are matrilineal. [ more... ]
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Thường Tín District, Hanoi, is known for villages that embroider, but while most neighbouring villages tend to embroider pictures, Đông Cứu village, Dũng Tiến Commune, has an embroidery tradition of serving festivals and worship. [ more... ]
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The special thing about Huong Canh is its blue clay, the raw material used to make its famous products. This clay is found in the swampy areas, 3-10m ...
A short while ago, I was asked if the Vietnamese fondness for eating snails were a consequence of the former French presence here.
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