Then singing preserved in Lao Cai

“Then” is a ritual singing genre of the Tay ethnic people. Female and male Then singers perform Then in front of the altars at sacred places.

Then singing preserved in Lao Cai

Artisan Nong Van Sin is among very few Tay ethnic people in Lao Cai province who understands well about ancient songs of Then singing

Then singing preserved in Lao Cai

In December 2012, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism added Then singing to the official national intangible cultural heritage list

Then singing preserved in Lao Cai

Members of a Then singing club in Pheo village practice ancient Then songs

Then singing preserved in Lao Cai

Tay people often organise Then singing ceremonies with the aim to drive away bad luck, pray for bumper crops and call back the soul of the death

Then singing preserved in Lao Cai

Then singing is practised in many northern provinces, including Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Ha Giang, Quang Ninh, Son La, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Bac Giang and Yen Bai, and the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak

Then singing preserved in Lao Cai

It is believed to be handed down from the God belonging to a mysterious world to which only ‘Ong Then’ and ‘Ba Then’ can contact

Then singing preserved in Lao Cai

Performance instruments, costumes and accessories of Then singing

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Efforts made to strengthen conservation of cultural values

Efforts made to strengthen conservation of cultural values

Hundreds of artisans, artists, and village elders from many regions across the country gathered in Hanoi in a special programme aiming to promote the cultural identities of ethnic communities. 

 
 
 
 
 
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