UNESCO presents Vietnam recognition for Mother Goddesses worship

A ceremony receiving UNESCO certificate of recognition for "Practices Related to the Viet Beliefs in the Mother Goddesses in Three Realms" as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was held in the northern province of Nam Dinh on April 2.

The ceremony receiving UNESCO certificate of recognition for "Practices Related to the Viet Beliefs in the Mother Goddesses in Three Realms" as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity is held Nam Dinh Province on April 2. (Photo: VNA)

Attending the event were Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien, and acting Chief Representative UNESCO Vietnam Susan Vize.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam stressed that the official UNESCO certificate of recognition to "Practices Related to the Viet Beliefs in the Mother Goddesses in Three Realms" as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity affirmed the global heritage values and Vietnamese people’s contribution to the human cultural diversity. It also calls on people to join hands to protect and preserve the country's heritage.

The worship is based on an ancient system of beliefs in the incarnation of various deities channeled through mediums and believed to provide good health and prosperity. Nam Dinh is considered the largest pilgrimage centre for those who practice Mother Goddesses worship, with 287 temples and vestiges relating to the beliefs across the province.
The practice meets belief-related needs by people in their daily life and has been closely associated with historical and cultural figures, such as Lieu Hanh (referred to as the Mother of the World), as well as other spirits considered to be legendary national heroes.
Vietnam submitted the dossier on the Practices Related to the Vietnamese Beliefs in the Mother Goddesses of Three Realms for UNESCO recognition in 2015.


By Mai An – Compiled by Kim Khanh

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