Cultural identities of Muong ethnic minority

Muong culture is still preserved and lives with time. It’s language, customs and habits, art and literature. Different from Tay and Thai, Muong people’s stilt-houses are built lower and smaller and more modest, almost in tortoise-shape. Legend has it that: the Muong used to live in caves. One day, a couple caught a turtle and intended to kill it, the animal said: if you don’t kill me, I’ll tell you how to build houses. Since then the Muong ethnics could build houses and they avoided killing tortoises as gratitude.

Muongs’ costumes are exemplary: men put on brown or indigo shirts. Women have white scarves on, their shirts and breast-cloth are short, shirts are button less and their skirts hanging loose from chest to toe. Decorations are colorful and differ in patterns: birds, animals, and dragons, flowers that make them more graceful and feminine.

Such traditional festivals of the Muong: going to the field, pray for rain, new rice or wash a charm… are still preserved to date. Most important is going to the field ceremony, normally in New Year days to welcome God Tan or God mountainous to the temple. Games, entertainments, song exchange or greeting songs… could be viewed during the festival and gong’s sing and dance is a must be because in the Muongs’ opinion, the gongs mean their community’s treasures, their riches and prosperity. On holidays, there’s performance of twelvegong bands, and it will be an unforgettable experience to be here in .the atmosphere of forests and mountains, streams and the merry sound of gongs… The historic epic de dat – de nuoc or giving birth to the land and water is the most outstanding work of the Muong’s treasure of art and literature that expresses their views, opinions on the globe, on the long and hard battle against difficulties and nature for co-existence.

Wine drinking is inseparable from their daily life activities and culture during holidays, festivals of special receptions. The culture identities help to promote the multi-diversity of Viet Nam culture. A visit to Muong villages means a good opportunity to enjoy the precious qualifications of Muong culture.

(Vietnam Tourism Review)

Courtesy: Ba Tours

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