Like getting lost in an old place

Like each village, each name has its own meaning for Vietnamese people, Phuong Hoa village (1892) means people from far away places gather here to settle down and live together in cordiality and harmony. Indeed, since the village was established until now, the people here have always lived peacefully and worked diligently, so life has become better and more and more people have come to this place to live, creating a crowded countryside. , rich in the province. Although life is stable and many spacious modern houses have sprung up, people still retain many old houses as a testament to the early days of their ancestors establishing the hamlet.

Like lost in a place

The old house’s sticky rice is an attractive place for tourists to take pictures because it is through them You can almost feel the entire ancient life of a region…

In addition to the old houses that captivate tourists, Phuong Hoa is also a famous area for the flowers and vegetables supplied daily to Kon Tum city. If you have more time to wander and walk in the village, you will definitely discover daily life with many interesting things, not unlike ancient Vietnamese villages…

The car stopped on the side of the road, on both sides were vast fields in harvest season. I feel like I can hear the passionate smell of new straw and the warm smell of young mud rushing through my nose… After I don’t know how much time has passed, the largest rice field in Ha Harvest, Kon Tum, in Doan Ket commune, still produces golden seasons. bumper harvest, providing a large amount of food for people in the area.

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Ha Gat field, village 5, Doan Ket commune, is associated with legend as the “Lao field” where the Chief – Brai’s father, ruled in the past.

But what makes people pay attention to this field is not only because of its charming beauty typical of Vietnamese countryside: it is wide, flat, and far away on high hills are villages of Kinh people from many generations of generations gathered around. behind the whispering green bamboo groves or leaning coconut trees shading the front porch.

It’s interesting to hear people here tell about the legend of “Lao fields” (because in the past, Kon Tum was a buffer zone, once a place of tribal fighting). Then I heard her love story Brai the son of the Lao patriarch and the young man J’Back The Ba Na ethnic group lives upstream of the Dak Bla river. This beautiful and sad love story is known to many generations of people here. They even told after her Brai could not convince him J’Back, she returned and from then on got sick and died in sadness and longing… Her grave is still located on a small hill in this area. I heard that after 1990, the Lao government sent people to search for her grave Brai But until now it’s still a mystery…

Next is the story explaining why Lao people left this area to go west of the Truong Son range to settle like today… The stories of the past and present continue to intertwine… We listen but don’t want to move, the stories It’s so close and lovely like it still exists here.

Continuing a few kilometers further in, along with the immense green color of Coffee and Rubber on the rich red soil, the traditional cultural features of the J’rai people in this Ya Chim region have been created. a unique cultural nuance unique to the Central Highlands.

1536022775 487 Like lost in a placeA stilt house with many typical J’rai decorations.

Like long houses with decorations such as: water bottles, breast milk bottles… make us think of the longevity of the matriarchal lineage that has been the same for many generations. Then the symbol of the Sun God is on the railings of houses or sometimes found stylized on the roof of the Rong house… because the sun is the supreme god of all living beings and is still revered and worshiped by the J’rai people every year. Specifically, we can see that when the sun shines its first rays on earth, all new sacrifices begin to thank the Sun God for giving life…

Then, when wandering somewhere in the village, tourists will notice traces of Po Lang trees and neem trees left over after the sacrifices to worship the gods, pray for good harvests, and pray for peace of each family or community. lost in the world of “talkative” festivals and prayers and abstinences of a wild age rather than a religion…

1536022775 368 Like lost in a placeVisitors can easily recognize the trees – traces after a sacrifice ceremony of the J’rai people.

Coming here, visitors will feel like they are also living in a festive atmosphere with the bustling sound of gongs, gongs and flexible sinus melodies, echoing throughout the mountains and forests along with spiritual festival rituals. …

And the top of the Rong roof is always decorated with stylized images typical of the J’rai people such as: wild sunflowers., Ganoderma, sun, buffalo horn. Especially scenes of people’s daily activities such as pounding rice, hunting animals, and drinking wine. And inside the communal house is an image of a buffalo head and jawbone hung on the roof as a souvenir, a trophy and to inform villagers near and far that the village has held a thanksgiving ceremony. Yang... As well as always reminding and reminding the younger generation not to forget the traditional festivals of our nation…

1536022775 11 Like lost in a place1536022775 301 Like lost in a placeThe head bones and molars hanging on the roof of the Rong house have left a deep impression in the hearts of visitors.

Especially going to the west of the J’rai village, visitors will encounter an architectural complex of tomb houses with profound humanistic meaning. Sculptures of familiar everyday images such as rice pounders, loincloths, animals and stars such as the moon, stars… built around the tomb are vivid images of the human world. Through the image of the tomb, through the decorations, the living want to express and then give the dead the best life they have.

Then look at the wooden statues that are depicted with just a few simple lines, but they exude human emotions: the statues are pensive, always sitting with their faces in their hands as if thinking about the life cycle of a child or crying. lamenting the fate of both the living and the dead who now have to leave…

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The statue of a person sitting holding his face is a common statue set up by the J’rai people in the tomb on the day of the grave removal ceremony.

In addition to the class of statues of people sitting and holding their faces, there are also other classes of random statues. Because they have been kept for a long time, old and new statues keep intertwining with each other to create a mysterious and fanciful forest of tomb statues. Here, there are absolutely no images evocative of death, demons, or gods, but all are images of rebirth of life such as: a statue of a pregnant woman and right next to it are banana trees. planted when burying the dead while pregnant because the J’rai people believe that when they see the banana tree starting to bloom, it is also the time when the woman in the ghost village is giving birth to a baby.

1536022775 931 Like lost in a place1536022775 637 Like lost in a placePieces of gourd shell are used to ward off bad things and jawbones of cows, buffaloes and many pig tails are hung in the tomb after the J’rai people’s burial ceremony.

What also surprises visitors is the image of pieces of gourd shell used to ward off bad spirits, preventing the soul of the dead (symbol of a human figure sitting on the back of a buffalo) from returning to their ancestors. She said that many of the bones of the heads, molars, and tails of sacrificial animals were hung on the main pillar of the tomb after the burial ceremony, proving that relatives had fulfilled their promises to the deceased.

The world here is very mysterious with rituals and concepts about life and death; The explanation of the phenomena around them is tinged with spirituality. Ceremonies, prayers, and sacrifices to the gods in exchange for peace and prosperity for the community. Through generations of traditions and customs, a cultural nuance has been created here.

The stories heard and the images witnessed today make visitors feel like they are lost in another world “the world of the ancients”.

Articles, photos: Tuong Lam

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