Bronze cast­ing brings pros­per­ity, pride

Viet Nam News - - SPORT -

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.

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Shin­ing ex­am­ple: Bronze drums are the unique prod­uct of Cheø Ñoâng Vil­lage. Photo cour­tesy of Nguyeãn Baù Chaâu

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