(English) Unique Worshiping ceremony of Forest God, Red Mountain God of Giay people in Ma Le commune17/10/2019

Worshiring ceremony of Jungle God, Red Mountain God of Gaiy people in Ma Le commune (Dong Van) has existed for a long time and become an annual activity. According to the old man in the village, the Forest God and the Red Mountain God are two brother. The Forest God goberns the entire forest of Ma Le village, the god stay in the largest tree in the forset to protect all villagers from being harassed by wild animals; at the same time, provide clean water for villagers. And the Red Mountain God stay in the highest mountain in the region of the Seo Ho stream, therefore, this area is red all year round (now this area is still red like that). Red Mountain god controlls the land and fields of all villagers; if people worship him, they will have bumper crops, green trees all year round. The organization of worshiping ceremony for Red Mountain God if carried out in one place along with the ceremony for the Forest God. According to the monk’s words, the Red Mountain God is younger brother is, it will be the younger brother’s location as well; therefore, the ceremony of worshipping must be in the same place. Worshipping ceremony of Forest God, Red Mountain God are held on Ferbruary 2 annually according to lunar calendar, but they may also be organized on other day; which is decided by the village monk who will consider the date.

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Performing ritauls of Worshiping ceremony of Forest God, Red Mountain God

On the ceremony day, the village patriarch sent a healthy, young man to quickly go to meet the monk from the early morning. When the monk came to the sacred forest, golden incense and wine were already prepared; the monk burns incense and invites the Forest God and the Red Mountain God to return, then burn the incense. Possesty in worshiping ceremony of Forest God, Red Mountain God of Giay people includes: Pig head, Pork leg and chicken are all boiled. After the possesty were offered, the monk implement the ceremony and prayed for ancient vows which are written in a book. After praying to the of Forest God and the Red Mountain God, the monk took some gold and incense for a young man to bring them to the Earth God temple for worship. After the ceremony of worship, the monk and village patriarchs together with a number of dignitaries in the village, sit down at the tables to enjoy the ceremony. Along with that, all the people in the village, gathered at the village headquarters to organize a meal to celebrate a year of favorable  rain, wind, trees and bumper crops.

Giay people in Ma Le commune are particularly interested in the Worshipng ceremony of Forest God, Red Mountain God. Through this ceremony, the forest area of Ma Le will be better cared and protected by people; esprcially in the sacred forest area, no one dares to cut down trees, even a dried branch. Land of cultivated households will not abandoned, there is no dispute or encroachment. Worshiping ceremony of Forest God, Red Mountain God together with the ceremony of going to the field of Giay people in Ma Le commune have been enriching the beauty in cultural identity of ethnic groups in Dong Van Rock Plateau. It is known that Dong Van district committee and authorities are continuing to direct the restoration, preservation and promotion of this rich cultural value; in order to contribute to attracting tourist to the Rock Plateau as well as joining hands to build Dong Van district more and more developed.

Nguyen Chinh