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A damn nice musical death...

...is what you get if you die a Vietnamese

sunny 38 °C

Yep. True story. What drew my attention to this not so lively topic is my encounter with two funerals during the last two days. No, people are not dying constantly here in Hanoi because of hotness, even though I confirm that it is possible to do so.

It's just that funeral ceremony here is held within the household, and is accompanied by a professional band that specializes in a certain type of ethnic music called "nhac dam ma", "funeral music", and loudest possible cry of the dead's loved ones. It's hard not to notice when you pass by a Vietnamese funeral.

I have grown to like that kind of music recently. On this tacky site dedicated to the general introduction of the traditional Vietnamese ceremonial ochestra, it is said to be produced by 8 different musical instruments of such materials as silk (ty), bamboo (tre nứa), melon (bao) , soil (tho), leather (cach), wood (moc), stone (thach), metal (kim khi).

None of those sounds musical.. :/...like, melon for musical instrument? gotta check this site's accuracy.

Anyway, nowadays the instruments are gratefully A LOT more simple. Basic things like flute, fiddle, drum and lute.

Here is a video of someone's neighbourhood's funeral. The music is quite typical. As most traditional and ethnic stuffs, there are complicated, deep aspects of this music that only the band people can fathom.

Enjoy in peace.


How are funerals held in your country?

P/S: Im very annoyed I cant post the video directly on the entry. It looks less suspicious of being infected with virus that way.

Posted by AnhV 08:01 Archived in Vietnam Tagged educational

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