Then artisan Mã Văn Trực (second from left) from the northern province of Bắc Kạn performs Then. The art form has been recognised as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Đức HÀ NỘI — The Then practice of Việt Nam’s Tày, Nùng and Thái ethnic groups has been named on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritages of Humanity, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Department of Cultural Heritage said on Friday. The recognition was made during the 14th session of the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, held in Bogota, Colombia, on Thursday (local time). As an essential part in the spiritual life of the Tày, Nùng and Thái ethnic minority groups, Then is practised in many northern provinces, including Cao Bằng, Bắc Kạn, Thái Nguyên, Lạng Sơn, Hà Giang, Quảng Ninh, Sơn La, Lai Châu, Lào Cai, Bắc Giang and Yên Bái, and the Central Highlands province of Đắk Lắk. The art form reflects the relationship among people, the natural world and the universe, in addition to cultural characteristics of the ethnic minority groups, from music to dancing and musical instruments. It also helps to educate morality, lifestyle and protect Việt Nam’s traditional customs… Read full this story
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