NAM DINH -- A dossier gathering scientific research on chau van, a
traditional singing style of Vietnamese people in the northern province of
Nam Dinh, will be recognised as a national intangible heritage.
Once approved by the Prime Minister, it will be submitted to UNESCO to
be recognised as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Humanity.
Chau van is a kind of spiritual singing accompanying the hau dong
(mediumship) ritual of the Mother Goddesses religion. It's popular
throughout the country, but Nam Dinh Province is considered its
According to statistics from the Ministry of Culture, Nam Dinh Province
owns 287 vestiges relating to the Mother Goddesses religion, with 470
people participating in the rituals: 246 mediums, 245 cung van (chau van
singers) and 162 musical instrumentalists.
The folk performance art was created during the Tran dynasty (1225-1400)
and became popular at festivals and rituals. It was performed at temples
and pagodas as people believed that it was a useful way to connect to the
Mother Goddesses and other gods.
Mediums dance to the melody of chau van singing to honour the gods. --