Preserving distinctive culture of Cống ethnic people in northern Vietnam

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(VOVWORLD) - The Cống ethnic group in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau celebrate their annual Corn festival in November to report to their ancestors what they have done during the year.

The Cống ethnic minority people have the 48th largest population among 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. In Lai Chau province, there are more than 1,500 Cống people living in six villages of Nam Nhun and Muong Te districts.

Due to their clustered settlement habits, the Cống people’s ethnic cultural identity remains intact.

In the past, corn was one of the main dishes of the Cống people and it was closely associated with long-held beliefs.

The Cống people value their spiritual life and the Corn festival is the biggest religious ritual of the year.

Whether the festival is big or small depends on the tray of offerings as well as the products displayed on the tray.

The festival is normally celebrated in the sixth lunar month every year when the rainy season begins.

According to shaman Chang Van San, no one knows exactly when the Corn festival began, and they only know that this ritual has been passed down from generation to generation.

This is an opportunity for the Cống people to report to their ancestors what they have done during the year, thanking their ancestors and gods for blessing them with healthy children, good livestock farming, and good harvests.

After the ritual ends, the homeowner thanks the shaman and the shaman prays to the ancestors and gods for blessings.

Then the locals, young and old, boys and girls, in the village join the festival in a joyful atmosphere.

The folk dances recreate the Cống people’s routine activities in production and daily life.

Drum beating and gong beating are indispensable during the festival

The Cống ethnic women in their traditional costume sing and dance excitedly during the festival

The Cống ethnic women look more beautiful in their traditional costume

They recreate the ritual of getting water during the Corn festival.

For the Cống women, the Corn festival is an opportunity for them to put aside a hard working season and have fun together.

Amid the bustling sound of drums and gongs, people of the Cống, Mảng, Si La, and Lự ethnic groups join hands in a circle, vowing to build a united community.