The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism agreed for the Red River Delta province of Nam Dinh to represent localities having Chau Van rituals to make a profile to submit to UNESCO for recognition as an intangible cultural heritage of human beings.
According to VNA, Chau Van singing, dating from the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400), is part of the national intangible cultural heritage. The Red River Delta province of Nam Dinh is considered its birthplace.
This highly rhythmic form of singing often accompanies “hau dong” (mediumship) during rituals to honour Mother Goddesses and connect to other gods. It is usually performed at temples and pagodas.
The music and poetry performed in the folk art are blended with a variety of rhythms, pauses, tempos, stresses and pitches. The genre has also adopted folk songs from the uplands and highlands of the North, Centre and South. The main musical instrument used in the genre is the Dan Nguyet (moon-shaped lute).
Earlier, the first Chau Van singing festival was held at four temples in Hanoi from September 25th to October 5th.