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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... ]
Recently, I made the acquaintance of Ms Pham Thi Trang, a native of the Xo Teng minority, a branch of the Xo Dang people in Dakto District, Kontum Province, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, who has written in her master-of-arts thesis about the behaviour of her people toward fire. [ more... ]
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I had to persuade him to recite once more for me to record. He seemed lacking in enthusiasm. He was reluctant and forgot at many points. I understood. The chanted legends must be performed in a festival space, with its atmosphere [ more... ]
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The Hmong people in Mường Lống, Kỳ Sơn District, Central Vietnam, are among those in Vietnam who go in for bullfighting as a pastime. [ more... ]
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Silkworm cocoon cultivation at Co Chat Village, Phuong Dinh Commune, Truc Ninh District of Nam Dinh Province has long been praised in folk songs for ...
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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