(HBO) – Preparations are being made to submit documents relating to "Mo Muong" to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation to be added to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.
sorcerer Bui Van Cu, residing in Bung village of Lac Son district’s Huong
Nhuong commune, performs a Mo ritual.
"Mo Muong" is a sacred ritual that has been used in funerals and some
rituals to pray for the good health of the Muong ethnic minority people.
"Mo Muong" is a job and also a performance practiced at funerals,
religious festivals, and life cycle rituals by the ethnic Muongsorcerers.
It consists of three main components namely Mo words, performing environment
and people who practice mo singing.
Mo words are divided into ‘cat Mo’ and ‘roong Mo’, similar to chapters in
literature. Each Mo chapter has its own theme and purposein a funeral
Through the generations, "Mo Muong" has been passed down verbally in
Each person's life in different ethnic groups has rituals associated with the
human life cycle: birth, adulthood and marriage. For the Muong people,
thefuneral is the final ritual of each person's life which he/she only
enjoys when they die.
Funeral and "Mo Muong" will help deal with problems relating to
"procedures" for the dead before they are buried.
The Muong people also provide knowledge for the dead through storytelling which
includes stories about the birth of the universe, the birth of people, the
struggle for survival in the wild and knowledge of folk geography.
There are many collections of Mo,of which three main ones have been
published. The existence of various versions of Mo has helped expand the
heritage and spiritual life of the Muong people.
According to folk cultural specialists, "Mo Muong" is classified into
three categories:Mo Nghi Le(Ceremonial Mo), Mo Ke Chuyen (Story
Telling Mo) andMo Nhom(Observe Mo), in which ashaman plays an
The shaman knowstens of thousands of lines of Moby heart, as well
as many traditional rituals and customs.
In Muong society, the shaman is an intellectual and reputable person. The role
of the shaman is associated with the human life cycle: birth, old age, sickness
and death. Prayers are given for people’s health, good luck, peace,
(HBO) - Mai Chau mountainous district is known as a concentrated residential area of the Thai ethnic group. Although in the modern life, it is rare to see images of people wearing traditional clothes every day, Thai culture is still permeated through words, voices, customs or the image of stilt houses, festival activities, and folk songs and dances.
(HBO) - According to Plan No. 127 / KH-UBND, dated on July 18, 2022 of the Provincial People's Committee, on July 31, our province hold the art program "Hoa Binh - the sound of Muong” and Carnival in 2022. It is a special art program combining the characteristics of the province's traditional culture with the modern, dramatic, artistic and engaging features.
(HBO) - On July 15, the Provincial People's Committee held a meeting to agree on a number of contents relating to the preparation of facilities and the content of the art program "Hoa Binh - A place of cultural convergence” and Carnaval in 2022. Mr. Nguyen Van Toan, the Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee chaired the event. The leaders representing the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Department of Transport, the Provincial Radio and Television Station, Hoa Binh Electricity Company, and the Representative office of Sun Group from Capital Region in Hoa Binh attended the meeting.
(HBO) - The women in Mai Chau have been promoting the role in conserving and preserving the national cultural identity, contributing to diversify forms of gathering and attracting members. Thereby, improving the quality of the union’s staff is one of the practical and effective solutions that Mai Chau District’s Women's Union has paid attention to in recent years.
(HBO) - After the merger of the three communes of Thuong Bi, Trung Bi and Son Thuy, Xuan Thuy commune in Kim Boi district soon stabilised the situation in all aspects. Locals have joined hands in developing the economy and building the cultural life in residential areas. The local patriotic emulation movement has been increasingly promoted as well.