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Vietnam Cult of the Village Tutelary Spirit

Posted by admin at 03-28-2010 11:09:58

There is a Vietnamese proverb that says, “While drinking water, we must be grateful for its source”, or in other words to always remember the origin of things. This is why, in almost every rural village or urban district, a temple has been built to worship the tutelary spirit who founded the locality. Villagers continue to worship these men, even after moving to a new locality.

     In some places, the anniversary of the death of a tutelary spirit is celebrated every year at the most cheerful and popular festival. During this festival, there are banquets and feasts, and several ritual ceremonies including re-enactment of the legend of the tutelary spirit, ritual cults, palanquin processions, traditional boxing, cock fighting, rice cooking competitions, canoe racing, swimming, Chinese chess playing, cheo singing, and tuong playing. To day, people still worship the tutelary spirits along with the national heroes who sacrificed their lives for the country.