Unique ancient village of Kon K’Tu

February 23, 2011 94929

A corner of Kon K’Tu ancient village.

Still as original

Mr. A Keo, Head of Kon K’Tu village, said that Kon K’Tu in Ba Na and Ede languages ​​is the original village. Nearly 150 years ago, this village had over 100 rooftops, surrounded by a large forest, and people mainly lived by farming and gathering. Thinking that life would pass peacefully, suddenly there was a smallpox epidemic in the village, most of the people died, only three families remained. After that, Kon K’Tu village was almost hidden in fear of many people until 1920, when the village was re-established and gradually developed into its present form.

Kon K’Tu village currently has about 100 households with nearly 600 people, mainly Ba Na and E De people. Many Ba Na people are very proud of Kon K’Tu not because the village is materially rich but because the village still retains its ancient, majestic and wild features. Standing at Kon K’Tu, looking towards the East, the towering Kong Muk peak appears, silhouetted against the gentle Krong BLa river; Along the north side is a forest that still preserves many legends about gong gods, water gods…

As further confirmation of the preservation of traditional cultural values, artisan A Xep confided: “Currently, the villagers still maintain a gong team of 18 people and a Xoang dance team of 30 people. The village still keeps intact the K’lang T’nglang festival (water drop catching festival). In particular, coming to Kon K’Tu, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the original culture of long houses and stilt houses. Each house is up to 14 arms long, has 4 – 8 kitchens with many generations living, 2 ends are doors and 1 main door in the middle.

Fall in love with the Sinus ring…

Folk culture researcher Nguyen Tien Tung told us that if you look for unique features in the festivals of indigenous peoples in the Central Highlands without going to Kon K’Tu, you will not have researched anything, especially is the K’lang T’nglang festival. It may seem like an exaggeration to say so, but if you witness this festival with your own eyes, everyone will definitely be attracted.

The festival is held at the beginning of the first lunar month. All the people in the village gathered together to pray for good weather, good crops, for people in the village to be healthy, and for the villagers to unite, support, and love each other. During the prayer ceremony, everyone held hands tightly as if to convey the strength of solidarity. During the worshiping ceremony, the village elders and prestigious people in the village join together to pray sacred sentences such as: “Praying to Giang, the mountain god, and the water god to come here to help witness the belly of the village. Pray for the river to flow gently for a peaceful life. I pray to Giang to help people love each other…”.

After the worship festival, the villagers hold a spring celebration party, which is also the time when the “earth-breaking” gong festival at the beginning of the year rings. Nine young men dressed in brocade, their sturdy bodies seem to contain the power of the mountain god, the generosity of the river god are interwoven with 9 awkward and graceful mountain girls in brocade dresses. The gong sounded, they performed dances and sang traditional songs of their people.

Following the gong festival is the Xoang dance festival. This festival remains in Kon Tum and is considered a “rare thing” in the Central Highlands. During the Xoang dance festival, boys and girls wear brocade sets woven by their own hands to show their diligence and talent in weaving techniques.

According to village elder A Xep, since the Central Highlands Gong Cultural Space was recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a cultural heritage of humanity, international tourists and More and more folk culture researchers come to Kon K’Tu. Currently, on average every day Kon K’Tu welcomes 50 – 60 foreign tourists and hundreds of domestic tourists to visit. This makes the task of preserving cultural values ​​even more difficult…

Ha Van Dao

According to KTNT

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