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ACCULTURATION OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL SYMBOLS IN CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

23/12/2016

Acculturation of Traditional Cultural Symbols

in Central Highlands

Nguyen Van Thang*

Abstract: Cultural symbols are each race’s moral and spiritual values or those of their belief. The symbols always consist of meanings of things or phenomena. Among cultural symbols of ethnic groups in Tay Nguyen (the Central Highlands) are the noun “ơi Adai”, the Rông house (communal house), gongs, the musical instruments of Tơrưng, Đinh Pă, the drum, gùi (open backpack), the rice ear, gơl column, buffalo lasso, axe blade, patterns of brocatelle, the gourd… The symbols have been acculturated with Catholicism and Protestantism.

Keywords: cultural symbols, traditions, Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands), Catholicism, Protestantism.

 

 


* Ph.D., Institute of Social Sciences in the Central Highlands.

 


Nguyen Van Thang

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