The pig is the 12th and last Chinese Zodiac sign, after which the yearly cycle begins once again with the mouse, followed by the buffalo, the tiger, the cat, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the rooster, the dog, and the pig. People born in the Year of the Pig are considered generous, gallant, kind-hearted and bold, but also stubborn and temperamental. The Chinese zodiac, observed in other parts of Southeast Asia such as Vietnam, is also reflected in Dong Ho folk paintings that date back to the 12th century. The woodcut paintings were traditionally sold or displayed on Tet, although the art is virtually extinct except as tourist souvenirs. Dong Ho painting originated in Dong Ho Village on the left bank of the Duong River in Bac Ninh Province, about 35km from Hanoi. We came to find artisan Nguyen Huu Qua, the son of the late artisan Nguyen Huu Sam, who dedicated his life to the development of the traditional craft. In the process of drawing one of the best-known renditions of Dong Ho painting, the family of the Yin-Yang pigs, Qua told us about the meaning of the folk painting. According to Qua, the… Read full this story
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