|Upright and unflinching: Artists perform at a ceremony to commemorate the 400th birth anniversary of Nguyễn Mậu Tài. — Photo vov.vn |Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Temple of Literature recently hosted the 400th birthday anniversary of a famous Vietnamese historical and cultural figure, Nguyễn Mậu Tài.
Tài was born in 1616 in Kim Sơn Village in what is now Hà Nội’s Gia Lâm District. He became a doctor when he was only 30.
He held many significant positions as a royal mandarin, serving five Kings Lê and three Lords Trịnh.
Tài was praised by Lord Trịnh Căn (1633-1709) as a living example for posterity, and an upright, loyal, unflinching person by Lê and Nguyễn dynasties historians.
Associate Professor Nguyễn Thành Nam, head of the temple’s administration board, said Tài was a living example of protecting the law and rejecting sycophants.
“He was also a staunch and upright mandarin, as he was reappointed in 1676, but refused. According to historical studies, young people can learn many things from his life story,” Nam said.
Alongside political contributions, cultural and historical researchers have affirmed his dedication to poetry and literature during the 17th century, and they also announced the publication of a documentary book entitled Cultural and Historical Figure, Grand Councillor and Doctor Nguyễn Mậu Tài (1616–88) – Biography and Lifelong Career. — VNS