At this time of year, when their rice plants grow up to their knees, people of the Khơ Mú ethnic minority group hold a worship ceremony dedicated to genies of plants, especially the goddess of rice. Several families or the whole village may host the same holy ceremony. An aerial view of Khơ Mú ethnic group’s village in northern province of Điện Biên. VNA/VNS Photo Phan Tuấn Anh Like other ethnic minority groups, Khơ Mú people believe everything has a soul and natural elements, namely heaven, earth and terrace fields, have a close relationship with people’s life and farming. An altar with offerings to the gods on a terrace rice field. Based on that belief, Khơ Mú people since early times have hosted various worship ceremonies to wish for bumper crops and wealthy lives. With that meaning, the ceremony is an important event for the Khơ Mú group. The ceremony is held once every year on a single day in autumn, as long as it doesn’t clash with an important day for the local shaman (like the death anniversary of his ancestors, mother or father). Families will gather one or two months before the event to discuss preparations for the ceremony and assign tasks. A… Read full this story
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