Back in Vietnam, we visited the museum of ethnography which shows the culture of the current 54 different ethnics in Vietnam. What particularly caught my eye were the costumes, covered with beautiful patterns and vibrant colours.
It has been clear to me this last week that textiles is an import trade here. It is often used in ceremonies, for the passing of age for example, where puppets, made of cloths are burned to get ride of bad luck. I had the chance to experince a ceremony in one of the local houses in…. It was an incredibly fascinating experience, the shaman who led the ceremony with her musicians and puppets created an athomephere close to fantasy like for us Europeans. Seeing it in film at the museum was nothing compared to the live experience,. i felt incredibly lucky to sit in their temple and share their tradition with them.
Outside were replicas of traditional houses, used by different ethnic groups up living on the mountains which were fantastic to discover and climb into.