Culture

Vietnam is home to many ethnic groups though it doesn't consist of real separate ethnics. Over time the intercultural connections of the different ethnic groups built up a wide and diversified culture without one main goal - the Vietnamese.

Most importantly is that there is no state religion but religious freedom. Religion and politics are completely separated here. For our understanding, most Vietnamese people are polytheistic. They follow Buddhist and Confucian ways, while they have a shrine for their ancestors and for example celebrate Christmas.

This manifold culture developed over thousands of years and got shaped by lots of influences. Vietnam’s key position between Indonesia and the Asian main land and in between different cultures made it a merchant place with lots of traffic. Mixture of cultures was inevitable.

Oldest sources say that first the Lac, Muong and Hung of the Red river delta mixed with Chinese invaders. Later Khmer and Cham roots were added through there conquest. All those ancestors are to be found in Vietnamese myths and legends.

So over time more and more religious treats were adopted by Vietnamese culture and that's why there is room for Buddha, Confucius, Animistic traditions, Hindu gods and far more.

Even the western occupations left its reminders within Vietnamese culture: There is French white bread, liver pâté, cake and so on. Even Christian and Muslim ideas have been taken in and also classical Vietnamese music sounds have changed into modern western ones.

So what remains today is the Vietnamese potential to adopt most practical and useful inputs, where most of it is possible thanks to the Vietnamese openness.

Through its cultural diversity the culinary experiences to be enjoyed are an endless number. For Vietnamese there is certainly very few that you really cannot eat. So regarding to regional shape you can get various dishes. On the other hand you also get many offers that you might prefer to refuse.

Vietnam has its own language - it connects and divides them. Of course it gives Vietnamese a national heritage, while they even know from which village the other speaker is - only through the dialect.

But still: Even if the mixture is quite advanced - it remains a multiethnic state. There are still various ethnic groups - for several reasons some are still integrating and some are trying not to. But be careful for those minorities are political, not social. There are still Khmer and Cham in Vietnam - making up most Muslims here. Dao and several mountain people have kept their culture till today.

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Clothing
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Art
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