Then singing recognized as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Human

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Hat Then (Then singing) of Vietnam’s ethnic groups of Tay, Nung, Thai has been identified as the world’s cultural heritage during UNESCO’s 14th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage that took place from December 9-14 in Bogota, Republic of Colombia.

Vietnam's representatives at UNESCO’s 14th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Vietnam's representatives at UNESCO’s 14th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Then is a practice singing in the spiritual life of the Tay and Nung in Vietnam, reflecting the views of human on the universe and nature.
The ritual is performed by “Ong Then” and “Ba Then” who sing and play a musical instrument while presenting offerings to pray for good health, bumper crops and good luck for the New Year.
Then singing is a folk musical genre of the spiritual and cultural life of the Tay and Nung ethnic groups in Vietnam.The two ethic minority groups often live in villages in highland mountainous provinces in northern Vietnam such as Bac Giang, Bac Kan,Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Lang Son, Quang Ninh ,Thai Nguyen, Tuyen Quang, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Lao Cai.
Then singing recognized as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Human ảnh 1 International friends send delighted congratulations to the Vietnamese delegation at the meeting.
Then singing recognized as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Human ảnh 2 A performance of Hat Then (Then singing) 

By MAI AN – Translated by Kim Khanh

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