Exhibiting objects of Cham and Raglai peoples

Monday, 13/06/2022, 00:22 [GMT+7]

Exhibiting objects of Cham and Raglai peoples

As a part of the series of activities of “Nha Trang - Welcome Summer 2022” program, the ongoing themed exhibition "Cultural characteristics of Cham and Raglai peoples", organized by Khanh Hoa Provincial Museum, provides locals and tourists a place to contemplate the artifacts of the two ethnic groups.
 
Exhibiting many typical artifacts 
 
The exhibition takes place from June 3 to August 30 at Khanh Hoa Provincial Museum (16 Tran Phu Street) with free admission for visitors. The museum staff is available to provide information about nearly 200 exhibits for visitors. 
 
 
People visiting  "Cultural characteristics of Cham and Raglai peoples " exhibition
People visiting "Cultural characteristics of Cham and Raglai peoples" exhibition
 
Many of the exhibits of Cham people date back hundreds of years.  For example, the statue of Goddess De Vi, the headless statue of Apsara, the statue of lions, and the statue of monkey Hanoman date back to the 11th century; lotus-shaped stone pedestal dates from the 12th century; the statue of Goddess Vishnu dates from the 11th to the 15th centuries. Besides, there are a model of Ponagar Temple with relating objects such as the statue of Goddess Po Inu Nagar, wooden statue of elephants, and linga-yoni. The exhibited traditional costumes, “ghi nang” drums, bronze bells, pictures of festivals, etc. partly helps visitors learn about Cham culture.
 
In the exhibition area of Raglai culture, through a model of grave with decorative objects, visitors can learn about grave-leaving ceremony of the Raglai in Khanh Son District, which was recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage. Some typical musical instruments and tools of Raglai people are also displayed. All the exhibits used to be the belongings of Raglai people and have been preserved by the provincial Museum for many years. 
 
Helping to promote cultural values
 
In her first visit to Khanh Hoa Provincial Museum, Hoang Bao Linh, a tourist from Nam Dinh City, was impressed with the crafts dating back hundreds of years, musical instruments and costumes of Cham and Raglai people. Thanks to the exhibits, she and her family know more about the history and culture of the Raglai and Cham. As for Bao Ngoc, pupil at iSchool Nha Trang, visiting the museum and learning about the culture of the two ethnic communities were interesting and useful, which helped her learn about the long-standing cultural values of the ethnic groups as well as the unique lifestyles of the peoples.   
 
The themed exhibition "Cultural characteristics of Cham and Raglai peoples” is expected to make Khanh Hoa Provincial Museum a favorite destination of local peoples and tourists this summer. As reported by Nguyen Thanh Phong, director of the museum, although this exhibition only displays a part of the artifacts and objects of the museum, the exhibits are the most typical ones reflecting the cultural characteristics of Cham and Raglai peoples. Apart from aiming to introducing the cultures of the two ethnic groups, the exhibition also aims to encourage Vietnamese young generation to preserve and promote the values of the cultural heritage of the Cham and Raglai ethnic groups.
 
Giang Dinh
Translated by H.N