Vietnam’s spiritual singing bewitches international friends

by Hien Anh04 March 2016 Last updated at 17:00 PM

VTV.vn - More than 50 ambassadors and representatives of international organisations in Viet Nam recently enjoyed a performance of Chau Van singing and Hau Dong (trance ritual) in the northern province of Nam Dinh.

The show is part of a programme highlighting Buddhism, Christianity and Mother Goddess worship - initiated by UNESCO (in) Viet Nam. It aims to shed light on Vietnamese spiritual life and local freedom of religious practice.

Chau Van singing and Hau Dong are pivotal parts of a ceremony to worship the Mother Goddess / Mother Goddesses.

Combining different cultural and artistic values, it promotes humanity through demonstrating respect for ancestors and national contributors.

In March 2014, Viet Nam submitted a dossier on Mother Goddess worship to UNESCO for recognition of the art as an invaluable cultural heritage. The file is expected to be reviewed in December 2016.

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