Hung King worship important to Vietnam’s spiritual life

Saturday, 2015-12-26 17:10:06
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A procession at the Hung King Temple in Phu Tho province
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NDO/VNA - Scientists and researchers have highlighted the importance of Hung King worship rituals and its role in strengthening national unity and the spiritual life in modern society at a workshop in Ho Chi Minh City on December 26.

Le Hong Ly, Head of the Institute of Cultural Studies under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, said the worship of Hung Kings has become a national symbol gathering communities and ethnic groups living across Vietnam.

It has also been a symbol for community unity in all places in the world where Vietnamese people live, said Ly.

As an intangible world cultural heritage, the values of the Hung King worship rituals should be promoted, said Ta Ngoc Tan, Director of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, asking for State management in preserving the cultural heritage.

Nguyen The Hung, Head of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Cultural Heritage Department, said the Hung King worship rituals play an especially important role in the formation and development of Vietnam’s cultural characteristics and identity.

It also helps build up the traditional national cultural value system and the Hung King worship rituals have been and will continue to be the fulcrum of the national unity bloc.

Truong Quoc Binh from the National Culture and Art Institute said the Hung King worship rituals, which develop from the traditional ancestor worship rituals, have been a foundation for unity, love and mutual assistance, and spiritual and cultural features indispensable in modern society.

Binh said on the path of reform and world integration, the Vietnamese people need to continue to preserve and promote precious cultural values and the outstanding global values of the Hung King worship rituals in modern life.

The worship of Hung Kings was included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritages in 2012.