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Worship of Hung Kings ‘unique'

Update: December, 01/2012 - 08:54

PARIS (VNS)— The unique practices of worshipping Viet Nam's Hung kings will be one of 35 pieces of heritage that are difficult to physically define being submitted for recognition at the seventh session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which will be held in Paris on December 3-7.

The information was released by Cecile Duvelle, Chief of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) at a press conference on Thursday in Paris.

She told Vietnam News Agency that Viet Nam was an active country and had been fully aware of the importance of preserving and promoting its intangible cultural heritage. Viet Nam's dossier for protecting heritage this year was detailed and highly appreciated, she added.

Viet Nam has delivered many suggestions, including focusing on education to increase awareness for the people – an area that she remarked the country is particularly creative in.

Viet Nam provides a model showing that not only rich countries can bring the best solutions, according to Duvelle. She found that in Viet Nam, protecting cultural heritage was incorporated into the country's sustainable growth, and developing culture was incorporated into socio-economic development.

At the press conference, Duvelle revealed that at the upcoming seventh session members would seek ways to better preserve and promote world heritage, establish a committee to assess the heritage nominated this year and consider some countries' request to be supported in heritage preservation.

Viet Nam's application, including maps, historical documents and scientific research reports, says that worshipping the Hung kings is a symbol of the culture and beliefs of the people, and that it strengthens the country's solidarity.

Vietnamese legends recount the rule of the 18 Hung King dynasties during the first period of Vietnamese history, between 2879-258 BC.

The Hung kings worshipping rituals are closely related to the worship of ancestors that is a tradition of most Vietnamese families and an important part of the people's spiritual lives. — VNS

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