Special exhibition “Mythical creatures of Vietnam”

The legend tells of a fledgling Vietnamese nation, constantly defending itself from northern aggressors. Aware of a looming invasion from the sea, the Jade Emperor called forth a Mother Dragon and her children to protect the villagers. As they descended from the heavens, these divine creatures belched out clusters of jewels which formed an impenetrable barrier against the naval invaders. Many of the attackers’ ships smashed into these mountains, while the remaining forces were ultimately repulsed by the defenders.

Another composite creature is the unicorn, which is part horse, dragon and buffalo. Like the dragon, the unicorn is said to bring about good luck, as well as the power to ward off evil spirits from houses and pagodas. For this reason, you often see the unicorn at doorways or near the entrances of dwellings and religious sites. Some also believe that it represents intelligence and goodness, and that the creature only appears on very special occasions.

After earning the My Chau’s trust, Trong Thuy persuaded her to steal the magic crossbow, which he brought to Trieu Da. With the magical crossbow in hand, Trieu Da launched a successful attack on An Dương Vương’s troops. In defeat, An Dương Vương fled with his daughter to the sea, before turning to the turtle God, the maker of the magic crossbow, for help. In this myth, Thủy Tinh represents the annual floods and storms which devastate Vietnam, whereas Sơn Tinh shows the resilience and fortitude of Vietnamese people when faced with natural disasters. With complete control over the mountains and the sea and storms, Sơn Tinh and Thủy Tinh engaged in a perilous struggle, reeking devastation across the lands with their destructive powers.

Despite having little time or access to reference sources, Lộc managed to complete 16 illustrations which have received considerable attention and praise on art forums. Each illustration is accompanied by annotated information outlining the creature’s origin, general description, and surrounding myths and legends. The project has now garnered more than 5,000 likes and 2,800 shares on its Facebook post.

When she catches a victim, she forcefully breastfeeds them, and the victim is often found unconscious on the roadside the next morning with their mouth full of dirt. Sign in to get personalized story recommendations, follow authors and topics you love, and interact with stories. To protect the lands, houses and crops of the people, Sơn Tinh raised the mountains until Thủy Tinh, exhausted, was forced to retreat. He sought vengeance year after year, but Sơn Tinh always repelled him.

Trong Thuy, overwhelmed with grief, committed suicide by jumping into a well. Pearls washed in this water are said to shine particularly brightly, symbolising the undying love between the pair. Trong Thuy and An Dương Vương’s daughter, My Chau // Photo on vndoc.comLong best nude beach in spain ago, An Dương Vương, who rose to power following the break up of the Hung dynasty, established the second dynasty of Vietnam. Armed with a magical crossbow, which made his army and Loa citadel invincible, An Dương Vương overpowered his rivals.

It would seem using a fearsome figure to scare kids into behaving is a universal thing. Folk verses describe Ông Ba Bị as an old rugged man with “three sacks, nine straps, and twelve eyes”, who likes to kidnap naughty children using his sacks. There are claims that the figure originated from the 17th century, when starvation ran rampant in Vietnam, driving many people into kidnapping others’ children to sell.

The cause of her death is unknown and some Vietnamese have interpreted it as an inauspicious omen. One of the most famous stories about the turtle is a story connected to emperor Lê Lợi. After successfully pushing the Chinese back, Lê Lợi returned the sword to the king through on of his disciples, a turtle who lived in a jade water lake. The lake is located in Ha Nội and is now called Hoàn Kiếm Lake, which means “Returned Sword Lake”.

9 types of ghosts and demons in Vietnamese folklore, whose stories are passed down from one generation to the next. Banh Chung, a traditional Vietnamese cake, is said to be a creation of Lang Lieu, the son of the 6th Hung King. The 6th Hung King who, approaching the twilight years of his life, summoned each of his sons to make an offering of which the best would become his successor. Loaded with an excellent haul and keen to celebrate the approaching Tet holiday, the hunter made a roast on the haystack, completely unaware of the beggar.

An interesting thing you may find is the illustration and roles of the dragon in Vietnamese culture are actually quite different from those in Chinese. The head of the Vietnamese dragon has a long mane, a chin beard, and no horns. And it holds the pearl – a symbol of nobility, intellect, and humanity – in its mouth instead of in the front flaws.

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