When shoots from rice grains grow a little, Kho Mu ethnic people often hold a festival to pray for rain and a bumper crop.
Kho Mu ethnic people sing and dance during the festival
Kho Mu ethnic people join one another in their traditional dance
Villagers hand their rice seedlings to local shaman
Local shaman performs a ritual to make offerings to gods
Ritual to pay gratitude to the god of the soil, who is believed to protect the villagers from bad luck, often takes place in rice fields
Shaman and locals prepare for rituals
Kho Mu women carry a necessary item in crop-praying festival, bamboo stick, which is used by the shaman to predict whether the gods accept the villagers’ request
Villagers prepare necessary items for offering to the gods and ancestors
The offering ritual often takes place at the house of the village’s shaman
Nha Lang (House of Lang- the landlord class of the Muong) is regarded as a symbol of power in the ancient society of Muong, one of the four largest ethnic groups in Vietnam.
Carving wooden sculptures is a special folk art of ethnic groups such as the Co Tu, Ede, Ba Na, and Jarai of the Central Highlands.