|The yoni carved stone found by construction worker in Quảng Điền. — Photo courtesy of Công Cường|Viet Nam News
THỪA THIÊN-HUẾ — Construction workers in the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế have excavated a stone block believed to be a Champa holy item.
Labourers on Tuesday afternoon found the stone at a site in the province’s Quảng Thành Commune in Quảng Điền District when they were digging soil to build a bridge.
Staff at the district’s culture division said they saw a yoni structure on top of a square stone and they believed this is an item of a Champa holy temple that used to exist around the site. Yoni is a structure that Champa people used to worship female sexual organs, part of their lingaism belief.
The staff will work with experts in Huế University of Sciences to prove their theory before suggesting a potential archeological excavation.
Quảng Điền is part of the Champa district named Hóa Châu, which housed a military fort from the 14th century. — VNS