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Cave Archaeology of Trang An the Outstanding Culture – Historical Values (20/08/2013)

Nguyen Khac Su Assoc. Prof. PhD. Institute of Archaeology. Article is being updated  

Dong Son Bronze Drums, National Treasure of the Vietnamese People (20/08/2013)

Vi Quang Tho   Ph.D., Vietnam Social Sciences Review Dong Son bronze drums are musical instruments or spiritual objects? Now the question is still suspended. Those who have advocated the viewpoint of the bronze drum being a musical instrument conceive that certainly it must be used to strike or pound. It is a musical instrument because it bears the name of “drum” and perhaps by the image of persons standing or sitting, holding a long stick in their hands, pounding down engraved on the bronze drum. Many scholars in the country and abroad have tried to “decode” images and designs on bronze drums, in recent years there have been new researches judging that bronze drums are not musical instruments, it is spiritual objects. It has been by this reason that in Hanoi there has been Dong Co Temple (Cổ has been translated into drum). At present in dealing with the bronze drum, many people have reconciling viewpoint between the two above-mentioned conceptions: Bronze drums are not only musical instruments but also spiritual objects. Bronze drums have become the icon of the Vietnamese ancient culture, concretely they have been the icon of Van Lang Country - the epoch of Hung Kings. Scholars in the country and abroad have studied and tried to “decode” some enigmas of the bronze drum on which the ancient people have sent massages to the subsequent generation

Huỳnh Thúc Kháng’s Struggle for Constitutionalism (20/08/2013)

Bui Ngoc Son Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Article is being updated

Commercial Economy of Vietnam Under Le - Trinh Era From the Perspective of Some Western Historical Documents (20/08/2013)

                                                                                                       Nguyen Van Kim                                                                                                         Nguyen Manh Dung Ph.D., University of Social Sciences and Humanities. MA., Institute of Historical Studies. Article is being updated  

Study of the Pippala Leaf Shape Decoration on the Roofs of Architectural Sites in the North Vietnam (20/08/2013)

Ngo Thi Lan M.A., Institute of Archaeology. Article is being updated

Bronze Drums in Cao Bang Museum, Viet Nam (20/08/2013)

Trinh Nang Chung Assoc. Prof., Ph.D, Vietnam Institute of Archaeology                                                                                       Cao Bang is a border province of northern Vietnam, bordering with the Guangxi Province (China) to the north and northeast, Tuyen Quang and Ha Giang provinces to the west, and Bac Kan and Lang Son provinces to the south. * Based on archaeological discoveries, Cao Bang is a place rich in traditional culture with its long history. For example, a number of ancient drums cast in bronze were found in Cao Bang, 15 of which, mostly found since the 1980s, are currently stored in the provincial museum . All of these were randomly discovered during the local people’s daily work, households’ collections, or confiscated from antiquity traffickers across the border. None was found with layer of cultural archaeology.

Religion and Beliefs of Tay Nguyen People Today - some Addressing Issues (20/08/2013)

PhD., Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration Today, there are about 12 ethnic minority groups in Tay Nguyen[i] (or the Central Highlands), three of those including Gia Rai, Ba Na, E De are the most populous; their diversely and typically traditional cultures formulate unique identities of Tay Nguyen culture. Tay Nguyen ethnic minority groups (typically Gia Rai, Ba Na, E De people) are mainly living on farming and raising buffaloes, cows, goats, pigs, chickens, etc. Women in their families weave cloth for making clothes and other household items. Men make mats, nets, all types of back baskets, baskets, carts, etc. All ready-made items and goods are made to meet their own demand, hunting and gathering models are existing and local people mainly do these kinds of jobs. Tay Nguyen people live in villages (called as “bôn/buôn”) according to their blood relationship and tribes. In their villages and living quarters, old villagers and chiefs and other prestigious elder people control all the collective activities, other people listen and follow them. Each village has its own special house where community rituals and customs are conducted, village people gather, single men and widowers sleep overnight, and strangers are welcomed. The ethnic minority groups in Tay Nguyen usually live in houses on stilts, many generations live in a Long House[ii]

Current Reconfiguration of Religious Life in Vietnam: Legal Challenges (20/08/2013)

Do Quang Hung Prof., Ph.D., Vietnam National University, Hanoi Introduction:* We think that one of the most noticeable attributes in present religious life in Vietnam has been elementary change of “religion”, or in other words, religious reconfiguration in social life as well as in its relation to the legal system.. It has posed many new problems in the relation between religion and rule of law This article does not only give explanation to the concept reconfiguration of religious life and other related concepts such as religious market and religious reveille but also puts forth corollary problems when “reconfiguration” has occurred in religious life. We also contribute some legal solutions to these new challenges.


VU TRUONG GIANG Ph.D., Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration, Region I     Social institution is one of the essential characteristics of the humankind. In process of development, the more advanced and civilized the human, the more diverse and complicated their social organizations and activities they are, where we can see the mixture of or combination between tradition and modernity, indigenousness and importedness, distinctive characters of ethnic peoples and cultural values...

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