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Tourist Destination: Bah nar Village

Bah Nar Village is located in the Ethnic villages II, Vietnam National Village of Ethnic Culture and Tourism includes the high communal house, the low communal house, stilt houses, granaries and charnel houses along with a number of artifacts reflecting the life of Bah nar ethnic group.
Banar communal house in Vietnam National Village of Ethnic Culture and Tourism is reconstructed in the original form of communal house of Bah nar people, Roh group of Gia Lai province. The communal house is a place of communal activities where the major events of the village take place and the village partriach arbitrates the lawsuits. The communal house is like a big ax rising into the air, symbolizing the communal power and the soul of the village. During the war, the communal house has a very important meaning: the communal house like an “associate” to help the villagers fight the enemy.

Đồng bào Bah nar dựng nêu chuẩn bị lễ hội đâm trâu. Ảnh: TTD

Inside the communal house is a fire; the house includes 3 horizontal parts with not many items but preserve the shared items of the whole village or the animal horns and fur.
Another communal house restored in the village of Bahnar is the low communal house of Ro ngao group. This communal house is characterized by the house posture. The house has its roof of turtoise shell shape, on the top is the decorated horn, with the walls of “thuong thach ha thu” posture, that is the upper part is open, the under part is narrowened, creating the cool space on top, warm in under part. According to Bah nar people in Gia Lai, the low communal house is to remember the origins and to against animals.
The house of Bah nar people, Roh group at the Vietnam National Village of Ethnic Culture and Tourism is reconstructed with architectural type of two main roofs and two secondary roofs and a semi roof covering the ground yard, the ladders are not trunks but joined with two round wood trunks elaborately carved and decorated by rattan. Many houses of the old Bah nar are very long and people living together for many generations, but today to fit modern life, the smaller houses appear more and more. The inside space of the house has two kitchens located on either side. The eastern caval is the place for grandparents. This is the direction of sun rise, the direction of life so it is for the honored people of the house. Next to the fire of this part is located with a stone, this is considered to be the god of protection for health for the whole family. On each kitchen is a hook to hang and store and preserve food. The western caval is the place for spouses, children including adolescent and non-adolescent ones. If any children getting married and having good economic conditions, the couples can live in a separated house. The central part is the reception of the whole family. Bah nar people do not have altars as Kinh. 

Đồng bào Bah nar phục dựng lễ đâm trâu tại Làng Văn hóa - Du lịch các dân tộc Việt Nam. Ảnh: TTD

Bah nar people has a rich treasure of visual arts which are the array of woven textile decorations on the grave, on the canvas, especially is the rich treasure of grave statues... and the charnel house in Vietnam National Village of Ethnic Culture and Tourism is the tomb of the two groups Bah nar Roh and Bah nar Ro ngao. There is K’lao tree placed here – the road leading the soul of dead people up to Yang and each charnel house has an area of approximately 20m2, one grave is only for one dead person. Depending on different groups, there are different kinds of sculpture on statues...
Participating in regular activities at the Vietnam National Village of Ethnic Culture and Tourism, in addition to re-appear the living space of Bah nar people, the people here organized the reappear some festivals typical of the people here: the celebration of victory (September, 2010), new house celebration (February, 2011), the celebration of the new rice (January, 2012) ... 


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