WATER GOD SHRINE IN DONG VAN

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Price: Free

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Time to visit a place: 30 phút

Open Time: 7:00 AM - Close Time: 4:00 PM

Email: ubnddongvan@hagiang.gov.vn

Address: Thị trấn Đồng Văn, huyện Đồng Văn, tỉnh Hà Giang Thị trấn Đồng Văn, Huyện Đồng Văn, Tỉnh Hà Giang

The Water God Shrine is located at the Nghien village, in the Old Quarter of Dong Van town, at the foot of a limestone cliff, overlooking a large karst valley formed by tectonic movement. Legend has it that, in the old days Dong Van was just a rocky and wild area, cold in winter and hot in summer. Many tribes trying to settle down there had to leave. When the Tay people came in, they were advised by a God this was a good place, but if they wanted to live well they had to set up a shrine. He also showed them a place where water flowed out from the mountain with a sprout growing from there. The Tay built a shrine for worshiping the water god. Soon after that fresh water became plenty; land became fertile, the sprout became a forest; and the villagers’ life prospered. But wealth made the youngsters lazy. They drank, abandoned farming, went to forest for hunting and gathering, cutting trees for making houses and firing, forgetting the shrine so that it became ruined. One night the god returned, warning if villagers continued that way of life, he would change the area back to ... View more

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The Water God Shrine is located at the Nghien village, in the Old Quarter of Dong Van town, at the foot of a limestone cliff, overlooking a large karst valley formed by tectonic movement. Legend has it that, in the old days Dong Van was just a rocky and wild area, cold in winter and hot in summer. Many tribes trying to settle down there had to leave. When the Tay people came in, they were advised by a God this was a good place, but if they wanted to live well they had to set up a shrine. He also showed them a place where water flowed out from the mountain with a sprout growing from there. The Tay built a shrine for worshiping the water god. Soon after that fresh water became plenty; land became fertile, the sprout became a forest; and the villagers’ life prospered. But wealth made the youngsters lazy. They drank, abandoned farming, went to forest for hunting and gathering, cutting trees for making houses and firing, forgetting the shrine so that it became ruined. One night the god returned, warning if villagers continued that way of life, he would change the area back to wilderness. By next morning, the fertile Dong Van area shrank, giving way for high mountains and deep canyons, and water disappeared into ground. Frightened, people repaired the shrine, prepared an offering and vowed not to relapse. The God accepted the offering but did not release the curse, leaving Dong Van only a small green field in the middle of the rocks as a reminder. Since then, local people chose the New Year's Eve for worshiping the gods of water and tree. They asked each other to protect the shrine and the water source for the whole Dong Van Town. They no longer practiced hunting and gathering, growing crops, cattle and poultry for food instead; no longer cut down forest for timber and firewood, building their houses from earth instead. The shrine became the gathering place of the village for water, bathing, chatting etc. According to scientists, the water discharges from a cave system developing in limestone that formed about 300 million years ago.

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