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Burying the dead in ceramic jar is a practice found in many places around the world and throughout Southeast Asia from prehistoric times at least up until the Christian era. The jars may contain the entire body, the ashes, remains removed from a grave for the second burial or only the person’s belongings. [ more... ]
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Vietnam Heritage has been publishing a series based on the National Museum of Vietnamese History’s current exhibition of jade objects and the museum’s publication Vietnamese Ancient Jade. This month the topic is jade brush accessories used by the Nguyen dynasty. [ more... ]
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I visited Thuong Minh Village and met an old shaman, Ban Van Kim. Mr Kim was 80 and the oldest Thủy person. He was small and spoke little Vietnamese. Mr Kim said the Thủy had migrated from China about 400 years ago because of war and disease. [ more... ]
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In Vietnam’s history, the first millennium AD was marked by two important events. In 40AD, the Two Trung Sisters led the first general offensive of the Vietnamese against Chinese rule. This offensive failed, [and in the process] the once flourishing Dong Son culture of the Vietnamese was at an end. [ more... ]
We filmmakers needed to seek opinions from as many high-ranking officials as possible. They took turns to examine the film [ more... ]
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The Opera House in Hanoi was one of the physical manifestations of the French dream to make Indochina a colonial federation of states, with Hanoi as the capital, according to Professor Philippe Papin, in his History of Hanoi, published in 2010. [ more... ]
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Dispersed among the people in this country are numerous investiture decrees that various emperors, kings, and overlords under dynasties once issued to sacred sites, sites of worship, renowned pagodas and people of merit [ more... ]
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The house at 80 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An, is a small museum with more than 3,000 artefacts the Diep family has been keeping for over a century-and-a-half. [ more... ]
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Beggars around Ben Thanh Market might have been surprised and wondered why film-makers from the North paid them so much attention. Dens of drug addicts and prostitutes were also our favourite subjects because they were ugly aspects of the old regime, and we had to film them before they were erased [ more... ]
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R’Leo Knul, a famed elephant king of the Montagnards, tamed a white elephant for the last emperor, Bao Dai, and helped him form a hunt, Bao Dai Royal, which hunted elephants and tigers well into the 1950s [ 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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