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I took this picture during the Lồng Tồng Festival of the minority people in Lao Chai Tribe near Sa Pa. Depends on each tribe’s dialect, the name varies: Roσng Poọc, Lồng Tổng — and we made it simple: lễ hội xuống đồng — fields breaking ceremony.

This ceremony and festival is a must within the ethnic minority in the northwest mountainous area of Vietnam. It has two parts: the ceremony when the senior members of villages pray for a successful harvest of the year following by an expert making the first accurate furrows, and the festival activities when people compete of traditional games.

Here you see a boy almost achieves his turn: they use a 7-yard bamboo trunk as bridge. One end on the ground besides the pont, another end placed on a tripod set inside the pont. Slippy, wet, unbalanced, unstable, vibrated bridge to cross. That’s how they enjoy the challenge for a honest and humble reward hung on the tripod.












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After this photo, I am going to give myself a break. Sorry about the abrupt stop on the narration of my 2005-Asia-trip today. I hope the so-called self-censorship will enable me to gain some more education and knowledge before too late.

Thank you for all your encouragement and rewarding words. Without your help, I cannot be as I am today.


MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
TO YOU AND YOURS




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