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Hundreds of years old “living treasures”

April 21, 2022 06:53 GMT+7

The ancient trees hundreds of years old are considered by the people as the ‘living treasures’ of the village.

In a story with reporters, Mr. Lo Xuan Thai – a prestigious village elder of Nhat Tren village (Chau Hoan commune, Quy Chau district, Nghe An province) said that when he was a child, he saw three large pine trees in the center. The copy is divided into 3 triangle corners. As for the people here, from the day the first people came to establish the village, they have already seen these 3 trees.

“I am 62 years old this year, when I was only 7 years old, I heard an old woman in the village at that time say 120 years old, since I was a child, I have seen these trees grow lushly. In which, the big vine is on the campus. At the community cultural house, one tree is on the opposite side and the other is in the people’s garden.Our people call the tree in the campus of the community cultural house as “Co Pu” with the connotation of a sacred tree. The ancient tree is also said to be the dwelling place of the god who rules over the souls of the Japanese people over there,” said Mr. Lo Xuan Thai.

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The ancient market tree in the grounds of the Nhat Tren cultural house.

However, more than a decade ago, a tree was cut down and at the site of the cut tree sprouted buds. Currently, 2 living trees are worshiped by the people, considering them as “living treasures” of the village.

Reportedly, the tree stump in the grounds of the Japanese community house is about 25 m high, the foliage spreads tens of meters wide, the stump takes more than 10 people to hug. Next to the tree, people built a small shrine to burn incense to pray for peace for the whole village.

According to Mr. Lo Xuan Thai, these ancient trees, over hundreds of years, always bring peaceful life to the people here. Therefore, every year the village holds an offering ceremony that takes place on February 20 and March 15 of the lunar calendar. These days, the whole village takes a break from farming and farming.

On the day of the festival, each family makes an offering tray, brings it to the village’s shrine next to the thi tree, and offers offerings to their “ancestors”. The offering tray is made of molasses, processed from fish, pounded rice and some spices. In particular, a bottle of wine cannot be missing on the offering tray.

“When performing the ceremony, the head of the village prays to the ancestors for a year of good rain and wind, good luck in business, good crops, good health, for the children to be obedient and study hard. good…”, shared Mr. Lo Van Nguyen, Chief of Nhat Tren village.

After the ceremony, people gather at the house of the head of the village to open the Can wine festival. In recent years, people in the village have chosen a community cultural house as a place for festivals. The festival part of the festival of the Japanese people usually takes place under the canopy of an ancient tree.

The Japanese people believe that the first people who came here to set up the village planted the tree hundreds of years ago, even thousands of years ago.

According to Mr. Lo Xuan Thai, the tree was planted by Tao Quang Nhat – the leader of the village. Previously, Nhat Tren village was called Lang Lum village because it was located in the valley. At that time, the whole region had only 3 villages: Lang Lum, Cam village (now renamed Na Ba) and Ma village.

Since Mr. Tao Quang Nat came down to clear the land of Lap Muong and govern the village, people gradually called it Ban Nhat. Later, the Japanese version split into Upper and Lower.

Some pictures of the ancient tree which is said to be several hundred years old in the western part of Nghe:

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Thi trees located in Nhat Tren village, Chau Hoan commune, Quy Chau district are said to be the most unique in the West of Nghe today.

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On the trunk of the tree, there is a banyan tree sprouting buds. Currently, the banyan tree itself is about 2 people hugging.

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Canopy spread about 20m wide.

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Under the tree, the students still go out to play every day. It is here that the teachers always instruct the students of the village to remember the roots.

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Every year, the village holds an offering ceremony on February 20 and March 15 of the lunar calendar. These days, the whole village takes a break from farming and farming.

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This tree is more than 25m high, the root has a diameter of about 12 adults.

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On the tree is mounted a loudspeaker to announce the general events of the village.

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Mr. Lo Xuan Thai – the prestigious village elder of Nhat Tren village, Chau Hoan commune performed an ancestor prayer ceremony when he had visitors. Mr. Thai said that whenever a visitor came to visit, on behalf of his relatives, he brought wine and incense to light the shrine under the tree to report.

According to dantri.com.vn

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