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UNESCO recognises Việtnamese belief in Mother Goddesses

Update: December, 02/2016 - 09:00
The Beliefs in the Mother Goddesses of Three Realms, originated from Vietnam, has been practiced in numerous northern mountainous provinces across the nation since the 16th century. — Photo
Viet Nam News

ETHIOPIAThe Practices related to the Vietnamese belief in Mother Goddesses of the three Realms has been officially recognised by UNESCO as an intangble cultural heritage of humanity.

This was announced at the 11th Conference of the Inter-Governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is taking place at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from November 28 to December 3.  

Việt Nam submitted the dossier on “the belief of the Mother Goddess of Three Realms worship by Vietnamese” for UNESCO recognition in 2015, but the consideration process was delayed until this year.

Mother Goddess worship is a traditional practice in Việt Nam with a long history, having stood the test of social changes. The belief in Mother Goddess worship reflects people’s desire for health, wealth and fortune.

The practice rituals meet belief-related needs by people in their daily life and has been closely associated with historical and cultural figures, such as Liễu Hạnh, Âu Cơ, Vương Mẫu (legendary Mother of Saint Gióng).

Further information regarding this matter can be found on our website—VNS

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