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Our journey in Vietnam begins: Hanoi here we come

Hanoi: a city with ancient origins.

In 2010, Hanoi’s 1000 birthday is celebrated with a spectacular infusion of color and dance. History tells us that in 1010 A.D Emperor Ly Thai To moves here, establishing a capital, calling it Thang Long, translated as The City of Soaring Dragons.

This is beautifully told by the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in 57B Dinh Tien Hoanng  St, Hoan Keim District (www.thanglongwaterpuppet.org)

Picture: singers at Thang Long Water Puppet TheatreIMG_1995

The water surface conceals the puppeteers as the puppets glide, jump, dance and dive into the water. It’s unlike anything I have ever seen before,

In 1802 the Emperor Gia Long moves the capital of his dynasty to Hue and Thang Long, is demoted to regional capital.

In 1831 the Emperor Tu Duc renames Thang Long Hanoi, which means bend in the river.

I question how these Emperors can have such absolute power

Pictures:  Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

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Temple of Literature provides insights.

The Vietnamese trace their roots back to the rice paddy fields in Red River Delta, resisting Chinese domination since 2nd century BC.

The Chinese bring with them a culture rich in Buddhism, Taoism and the principles of Confucianism.

Confucius lives in China between 551 and 495 BC. His doctrines in brief, provide a moral and ethical code of behavior, where rules of conduct are adhered too, absolutely without question.

All work is carried out with total dedication for the good of  God, Emperor, Community and Family.Individual needs, wants or desires are held in abeyance which stabilizes a Feudal society.IMG_2032

Photo:  Principles of Confucianism in Van Mieu IMG_2036

Photo: Confucius shrine – Van Mieu.

Also, in the Temple of Literature is the University for Mandarins- Quoc Tu Giam. 

I will tell you all about it in the next post so stay tuned

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