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Mother Goddess Costumes from Vietnam… Guest Blogger: Penny Peters

March 16, 2016

Vietnamese Embroidered Costumes  for the Worship of the Mother Goddess

Worship of the Mother Goddess is a purely Vietnamese folk belief.  It has a long history and has adapted to social changes over the centuries.  Today this belief is widely practiced throughout Vietnam and in Vietnamese communities around the world. Worship of the Mother Goddess addresses the concerns of daily life and desires for good health and good fortune.  Worshippers find emotional support in their belief, and it attracts followers from all strata of society. Mother Goddess worship encourages purity of heart, beauty and joy. The four colors associated with Mother Goddess worship are Red—Palace of Heaven, White—Palace of Water, Yellow—Palace of Earth, and Green—Palace of Mountains and Forests.

Hau dong, a theatrical ritual form, is at the center of Mother Goddess worship.  Mediums incarnate the gods in rituals. Costumes are important in identifying different deities in their incarnations. Wearing a beautiful costume while dancing encourages the spirit medium to be in a more ecstatic state, thus making spectators more excited as well.   I have included photos of a few costumes typical of those used in modern Mother Goddess rituals from the Vietnam Women’s Museum in Hanoi.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara Fox permalink
    March 16, 2016 4:11 am

    Beautiful embroidery here, thank you for sharing, Penny.

  2. March 16, 2016 1:37 pm

    Wow, what stunning work!

  3. March 16, 2016 1:38 pm

    Reblogged this on judy Alexanders' Art and commented:
    What stunning work!

  4. March 16, 2016 7:10 pm

    Wow! That’s quite a collection. Thanks Penny for the explanation and the photos. Always love to see what you have found on your trips!

  5. nancy hanson permalink
    March 16, 2016 9:03 pm

    Wow, Penny. Great photos of outstanding examples. Thank you for sharing.


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