Hung King worship important to Viet Nam’s spiritual life

Le Hong Ly, Head of the Institute of Cultural Studies under the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences, said the worship of Hung Kings has become a national symbol gathering communities and ethnic groups living across Viet Nam.

It has also been a symbol for community unity in all places in the world where Vietnamese people live, said Ly.

As an intangible world cultural heritage, the values of the Hung King worship rituals should be promoted, said Ta Ngoc Tan, Director of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, asking for State management in preserving the cultural heritage.

Nguyen The Hung, Head of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Cultural Heritage Department, said the Hung King worship rituals play an especially important role in the formation and development of Viet Nam’s cultural characteristics and identity.

It also helps build up the traditional national cultural value system and the Hung King worship rituals have been and will continue to be the fulcrum of the national unity bloc.

Truong Quoc Binh from the National Culture and Art Institute said the Hung King worship rituals, which develop from the traditional ancestor worship rituals, have been a foundation for unity, love and mutual assistance, and spiritual and cultural features indispensable in modern society.

Binh said on the path of reform and world integration, the Vietnamese people need to continue to preserve and promote precious cultural values and the outstanding global values of the Hung King worship rituals in modern life.

The worship of Hung Kings was included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritages in 2012.

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