Film on Mother Goddesses open for public viewing

15:42 | 15/05/2018 Society

A 108-episode film on the worship of Mother Goddesses will be showcased to the public this month.

An art performance presented at the debut of the film Vietnamese Mothers — Photo courtesy of the organiser

Titled Mẹ Việt (Vietnamese Mothers), the first film about the traditional practice of goddess worship made its debut in Hà Nội last Saturday.

The film is a joint venture of Nhật Nguyệt Cultural Limited Company and An Viên Television and aims to honour the traditional values and belief in goddess worship.

According to Đàm Lan, director of the company, the film gives an insight into the worship of Mother Goddesses in Việt Nam, role of the four realms in the belief, stories about the deities being worshipped and measures to preserve and uphold the belief.

“We want to bring to the audience basic, clear and unanimous knowledge of the worship,” she said.

The worship of the Mother Goddess is a traditional practice in Việt Nam with a long history and has stood the test of social changes. The belief in this form of worship reflects people’s desire for health, wealth and fortune.

“The worship clearly expresses the opinion, perspective, sentiments, morality and intelligence of the Vietnamese people,” Lan said. “Through the practice of worshipping Mother Goddesses, we can realize the beauty of art, dance and music of the Vietnamese people since old days.”

Director Nguyễn Quốc Quân said the film was shot at many temples across Việt Nam under the guidance of a group of supervisors and consultants who were experts in the field and devotees of Mother Goddesses themselves.

This form of worship has been practised in numerous northern mountainous provinces in the country since the 16th century.

The belief in the worship of the Mother Goddesses by the Vietnamese was recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2016.

Theo VNS