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Reenactment of Ban Vuong festival of the Dao in Hanoi

The festival pays gratitude to Su To Ban Vuong, who gave birth to 12 Dao families, and at the same time prays for good rain and good wind.

The Ban Vuong Festival of the Dao ethnic group, Hoang Su Phi district (Ha Giang) expresses gratitude to Su To Ban Vuong, who gave birth to 12 modern Dao families and prayed for good rain, wind and flowers good for your children forever, prosperity and happiness. In all the Dao branches, there is a common point in belief, that is the worship of Ban Vuong. The Dao considers worshiping Ban Vuong a job related to the destiny of each person, each family.

On the morning of April 30, the Dao people in Hoang Su Phi district reappeared at the Ban Vuong festival at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism (Dong Mo, Son Tay, Hanoi).

Before worshiping, the six doctors concentrated on the assignment of blowing horns and floating gongs to open and hang pictures of the king’s table and the monk’s paintings. (called mineral-mineral-hanging ceremony). Offering offerings include: a pig, rooster, thick cake or banana leaf wrapped cakes tied in pairs, rice in a handful of white cloth (fried chicken), normal rice paper and seven skewers (chan shun).

The instruments needed were horns, bells, two pieces of bamboo for yin and yang, and a thin bamboo stick for the shamans to hold during the ceremony.

At the beginning of the ceremony, there is a ceremony to call Ban Vuong and local deities and declare the reason for the ceremony.

The priest gives money to paper, gold and silver thanks to Ban Vuong and the local deity to help the people and bless the festival.

People offer incense and give thanks to Ban Vuong for helping the Dao live peacefully for thousands of generations.

At the ceremony, the teacher repeated the story, in the year of the Tiger, when a drought occurred, the Dao’s descendants fell into a state of poverty and destitution, so they had to go across the sea to find a place to live. With the protection of Ban Ancient Dai Vuong, 12 Dao families successfully crossed the sea, a number of groups settled in the north of Vietnam, including Ha Giang.

To pass on to the next generation, they wrote the book “Qua Son Bang Van”, recounting the arduous process of genius, praising Ban Vuong, and at the same time holding a ceremony to pay back and pray to Ban Co Dai Vuong.

After each ritual, 6 doctors walk in a circle, call out to the local celestial spirit to welcome Ban Vuong and tell a brief biography and physique of Ban Vuong since birth.

Entering the turtle dance festival is part of the ritual.

The stick dance show shows Ban Vuong, deities, and local people to enter the piano to receive the gifts.

The end is the ceremony to send Ban Vuong to heaven, which is also the time when the priests remove their costumes, at the same time, wrestle with the joys, enter the singing and dancing festival.

The legend of the Dao people said that Ban Ho was a Long Khuyen, three meters long, with black, velvety black hair, and was loved most by King Binh Vuong. Under the reign of Bình Vương, the state was peaceful and prosperous.

One day, Cao Vuong raised soldiers to invade, causing people to fall into a miserable situation. The king sent many powerful soldiers to defend the border but could not defeat Cao Vuong. Faced with the overwhelming strength of the enemy, Ban Ho immediately offered a plan to help the king win Cao Vuong.

After suppressing the invaders, Ban Ho suddenly turned into a handsome boy, King Binh Vuong was very happy to marry the Three Princesses, so the husband and his wife were awarded the title of King Ban Vuong. They gave birth to 12 children, given to the present day by King Binh Vuong’s father. After Ban Vuong had an accident and passed away, the descendants of the next generation held a sacrifice to commemorate the heroic king in the heart of the nation. Follow vnexpress

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