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21:46 | 03/09/2015

Reproduce Rituals of entering into new house of Mang people

(LVH) - In the afternoon on 03/09/2015, at the house space of Mang people, Vietnam National Villages for Ethnic Culture and Tourism (Dong Mo, Son Tay, Hanoi), Mang people from Lai Chau Province at the first time to reproduce their rituals of entering into new house. This is one of the main activities to be held in "Common Home" at Vietnam National Villages for Ethnic Culture and Tourism on the occasion of National Day 2/9.

In the opinion of Mang people, the most important thing in human life is to build a house, get married, have children and develop the family, so although it is big or small, the building a house is very important, when the building completed, in a good morning selected, the family must do the procedures and rituals to enter into new house.
Mang people also think that the best date for entering into new house is Horse day, then Dragon day, the Goat day, the Chicken day. In particular, to keep off death anniversary of parents of the hosts, date of birth of the hosts, the Tiger day, to keep off death anniversary of the spouse died.
Mang people often conduct the ritual of entering into new house in the morning. They think that the morning is Yang, proliferation and development. And the afternoon is Yin and recession.
To perform the rituals of entering into new house, the necessary offerings include wine, boiled chicken, steamed glutious rice and carp... put on a rattan table with bowls and small cups.

The host Lo A Xoong is beating the corners of the house to drive evil spirits away

Before carrying the rituals of entering into new house, the host Lo A Xoong from the Nam Xao 1 Mountainous Village, Trung Chai Commune, Nam Nhun District, Lai Chau Province, who performing major tasks of the rituals enters the house, his hand holds a bamboo rod, another hand holds a small bundle of firewood. He beats every corner of the house while praying to drive evil spirits away.

Hostess carries the papoose containing family’s treasures

The girls of family spread out sleeping mat, blanket and cushion

cushions, who bring cooking utensils and living objects of family in determined location. The host holds arrows and crossbow, his shoulder carries "chãi". The hostess carries the papoose containing family’s treasures, when entering the house, they say: "entering into new house with good health, happiness and prosperity".

The hostess and her eldest daughter-in-law are making a fire to prepare for cooking steamed glutious rice

Then the hostess and her eldest daughter-in-law go to the kitchen to make a fire to prepare for cooking steamed glutious rice. When putting the steamer on the kitchen, the hostess prays for the support of ancestors and grandparents dead for the family to be heathy. The children have both sons and daughters, doing business meets luckniess, crops are abundant.
He host and his sons boil water to slaughter chicken for the rituals. Before cutting a fowl's throat, the host takes the knife to put on the chicken's neck while praying to report the chicken slaughter for the rituals of entering into news house, invites ancestors and grandparents to attend the banquet and support for descendants with good and lucky things.
Mang people beleive that the invitation and pray at this time mean that ancestors came to enjoy offerings from the offerings were uncooked. Ancestors and grandparents will tell them everything of the family to be good or bad, fortunate or unfortunate through chicken legs and head.

The host prays for inviting ancestors and grandparents to witness and support for descendants with the goodness when entering into new house

Next, boiled chicken is chopped off, it's head and 2 legs are put separately on the tray infront of the host to know that the good and bad things to do rituals for preventation or limitation.

Descendants gather around the tray to celebrate rituals of entering into new house

The feast in the rituals of entering into new house of Mang people is full with people, all cousins, sons and neighbors drink wine to congratulate the host and sing new house carols, folk songs in activities of labor and production.

Pounding rice dance to celebrate entering into new home

Some ethnic communities participate in activities at the "Common Home" to attend the Rituals of entering into new house of Mang people and make the performance together

Ritulas of entering into new house of Mang people is a of practical and significant activity performed by the cultural subject in order to introduce good customs of Mang people at "Common Home" in Vietnam National Villages for Ethnic Culture and Tourism, as well as an opportunity for Mang people popularize customs, rituals, the unique culture of their nation, preserve and pass on to future generations.

Pham Huong

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