Stilt performances – “Lengthy-legged” villages in Viet Nam

Stilts are popular in Quan Vinh village. Photo: Tran Thanh Phan
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Stilt performances – “Lengthy-legged” villages in Viet Nam

Stilt performances – “Lengthy-legged” villages in Viet Nam

(VTR) – Coming to Nam Dinh, vacationers have probabilities to see stilt performances and experiencing fishing lifetime of this coastal province. 

Stilts are popular in Quan Vinh village. Photo: Tran Thanh Phan

Stilts had been initially used to permit fishermen to stroll into deep water off the coast to catch shrimp. The lads be taught the artwork at a really younger age and grow to be very agile. They’ll run, dance even play drum, play sword… Utilizing stilts skillfully has changing into a novel artwork of native residents right here.

In Quan Vinh village (Nghia Thang commune, Nghia Hung district, Nam Dinh province), each women and men use stilts proficiently. Used to wade within the sea, the shortest “legs” are no less than 1.5m excessive and as much as 3-4m excessive for the longest. There are some sorts of stilt relying on utilizing goal, person’s age and depth of sea degree.

To make good “legs,” native individuals select lengthy, straight bamboos to soak into ponds for a yr, then hold them within the kitchen till soot turns their coloration into brown to make stilts.

Walk-on-stilt performances. Photo: Nguyen Cong Hung

Nigh Hung district was as soon as a pure bathroom inaccessible to sail boats, which was why the stilts had been so helpful. At present they’re an environmentally pleasant different to engine-powered boats, with some fishermen so adept they will enterprise into water 10m deep.

Stilts are additionally used for enjoyable after a tough working day. Locals can play badminton, soccer, swinging, fencing and different sports activities on stilts like the actual circus artists. Stilt performances are indispensable in each pageant.

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Stroll-on-stilt performances could be seen in different localities. Nevertheless, Quan Vinh village’s quaint exhibits have grow to be a model identify with soccer taking part in, dragon dancing, horizontal and parallel bar performances plus martial arts and sword-fighting demonstrations.

The Quan Vinh stilt-walking group has joined many festivities and occasions which have occurred within the nation, together with SEA Video games 22, Hanoi Worldwide Tourism Festivals and Hoi An Tourism Festivals and it’s significantly in style in its dwelling locality.

Hoa Trang

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