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The Space of Gong Culture in the Central Highlands of Vietnam

Language: English
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The cultural space of the gongs in the central highlands of Vietnam covers several provinces and seventeen Austro-Asian ethno-linguistic communities. Closely linked to daily life and the cycle of the seasons, their belief systems form a mystical world where the gongs produce a privileged language between men, divinities and the supernatural world.

Behind every gong hides a god or goddess who is all the more powerful when the gong is older. Every family possesses at least one gong, which indicates the family's wealth, authority and prestige, and also ensures its protection. While a range of brass instruments is used in the various ceremonies, the gong alone is present in all the rituals of community life and is the main ceremonial instrument.

on this subject: Nomination file/Dossier de candidature

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Place/region: Vietnam, Asia and the Pacific
Series: 2008 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Production and personalities:
Director: Tieng Anh
Publisher: Tieng Anh
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Rights: Tieng Anh

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Original: Betacam
Location: F-H.129
UMVS reference: AUD-DIT/ISS/ARC/0483.1 - 4
File No: AVFONDS-CLTITH-2008-00120.DV
Source ref.: CLT-ITH-00120-03-1; CLT-ITH-0120-03-2
Rights holder: UNESCO ; Tieng Anh