When the winners are asked why they share those photos with audiences, most of them give us rather impressive and amazing reasons. They have the gifted eyes and feelings, which enable them find such fantastic views and capture those unique and cherish moments.
Quảng Bá Hải told people that his group of photos was taken at 8 temples and club houses in Hoi An during June and July of 2016. That’s the name of a 500 year old martial art that flourished as Nguyen Lords broke the Southern ground. In the southward quest and expansion, The Nguyen Lords used it to train their armies and select their generals. The art is very popular in the areas of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh...
Club of the Rightious and Just
While Phạm Văn Thành shares with people another aspect of Vietnam with people. His pictures were shot at Mr. Nguyen My’s cremation Apr 25-30, 2016 in Ma Lam township, Ham Thuan Bac district, Binh Thuan province.
He explained the cultural background of his pictures, “among the Cham communities of Binh Thuan province, some follow Islam religion. The Muslim Chams always consider life on earth as “temporary”, like a “trading trip,” and only the “domain beyond” is truly perpetual. That’s why to them cremation is a more important and significant among rituals of their life.
Muslim Cham cremation is a big event that lasts 4 to 7 days, hosted by religious clerics and worldly elders, and like all other rituals, it is also very procedurally and formally strict.
Muslim Cham cremation, considered the time the gate between our world and the paradise opens, takes place in a field far from villages. For the soul to pass to the beyond, the dead body must be entirely in bed. Muslim clerics perform all the necessary rituals such as shrouding, soul cleansing, feeding, tree chopping, fresh burning and finally, Kut intering.”
Descendants respectfully and mournfully lying on their face as the
Descendants kowtowing for the last time