Thai ethic group’s two cultural practices recognised as national heritages

Sunday, 2016-01-10 13:51:42
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‘Xoe’ dance plays an important role in the spiritual life of Thai ethnic group
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NDO – ‘Kin Pang Then’ ritual and ‘Xoe’ dance, two traditional cultural practices of Thai ethnic group in Muong Lay commune in the northern province of Dien Bien, were recently recognised as national intangible heritages.

‘Kin Pang Then’ ritual is staged in early spring after Tet (the Lunar New Year Festival) when the mountain and the forest are covered with the pure white colour of bauhinia flowers.

It is an occasion for local people to pay tribute to ‘Then’ (shamans), who are believed to be the generals of the gods, and to pray for favourable weather conditions, happiness, luck and prosperity for their family and village.

Meanwhile, ‘Xoe’ dance plays an important role in the spiritual life of Thai people in Dien Bien province and the northwest region in general.

The circle group dance originated as a form of entertainment from hard working hours of the people, and aims to strengthen relations and solidarity among people in the community.

The acknowledgement for the two cultural practices is an honour of Thai people in Dien Bien province and Muong Lay commune in particular, thus calling for local residents to raise their responsibility in safeguarding their cultural identities and advertising them to domestic and foreign visitors.

It also reaffirmed the Party and State’s care for preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of ethnic groups.