Bronze casting brings prosperity, pride
Good news has recently reached the locals of Cheø Ñoâng Village in the central province of Thanh Hoùa: their traditional craft - bronze casting - has been recognised as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
This recognition has provided encouragement for the authorities and people of Thanh Hoùa to preserve and promote their craft.
Bronze casting have existed in Cheø Ñoâng Village, located around 12km from Thanh Hoùa City, since the 17th century.
Local legend has it that two men of the Vuõ family introduced bronze casting to the village, but others argue that Buddhist monk Khoång Minh Khoâng (1065- 1141), was the craft's forefather.
During the reign of King Töï Ñöùc ( 1848 - 1883), the villagers established a temple as a tribute to Khoång Minh Khoâng, the patron saint of bronze casting in Vieät Nam, as well as the two Vuõ men.
Every year on the eighth of the first lunar month, the third of the sixth lunar month and the thirteenth of the ninth lunar month, locals organise festivals to honour the craft - a precious heritage passed down from their ancestors. On the first and fifteenth days of every lunar month, the families also offer incense and flowers to pray for blessings on their lives and businesses from their patron saints.
Shining example: Bronze drums are the unique product of Cheø Ñoâng Village. Photo courtesy of Nguyeãn Baù Chaâu