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Employees of CAAS took part in expeditionary project

In August of 2015 employees of CAAS N.V. Grigoreva and E.O. Starikova together with Vietnamese researchers Nguyen Van Khang (Vietnamese Institute of Linguistic Research) and Tran Tri Doi (Vietnamese National University, Hanoi) took part in a field research of Muong dialects and folklore in Ba Vi District (Vietnam). As a result of International contest held together with Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), this expeditionary project was supported by RHSF.

supported by RHSF.

In August of 2015 employees of CAAS N.V. Grigoreva and E.O. Starikova together with Vietnamese researchers Nguyen Van Khang (Vietnamese Institute of Linguistic Research) and Tran Tri Doi (Vietnamese National University, Hanoi) took part in a field research of Muong dialects and folklore in Ba Vi District (Vietnam). As a result of International contest held together with Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), this expeditionary project was supported by RHSF.

Ba Vi District located on a joint of administrative borders of Hanoi (79 km from the center of the city, Phu Tho Province and Hoa Binh Province, is one of the centers of traditional Viet-Muong culture. In the center of the region is located a mountain range called Ba Vi (literally means “Three peaks”) which is a sacred place and a center of creation of variety of folklore narratives spread both among the Muong, and the Viet, according to Vietnamese-Muong tradition.

 

During the field work the researchers made records of language, folk songs and ritual narratives of the Muong of several communities living in Ba Vi district. In future, these records could help to study the Muong language and folklore, and to contribute to the study on Muong ethnic and cultural division as well. Communication with informants was extremely interesting, all of the respondents (the oldest one was 101 years old) willingly communicated with the researchers.

The expedition resulted in application on implementation of a research project being submitted to RHSF, and a series of publications are prepared to be printed.