With the desire to pray for a year of good weather, good crops and healthy family every New Year, Dao Nam Lanh commune, Van Chan district will find sorcerer for a new painting for the family.
An ancient custom of Dao people
Since ancient times, on the altars of the Dao family have the paintings with separate content. The worshipng paitings is different in content, form and size depending on the rich or poor of the host. The painting is drawn by the individual characters including kings and gods: Than Ngoc Thanh (To tac) who is considered as the god of the sky, Than Thuong Thanh (Lenh Pu) who is considered as the god of the earth, Than Thai Thanh (Lenh Si) – the god guarding the grave… It is the sacred gods that when worshipping are always placed above all other gods.
The meaning of new painting on New Year
To have a painting for New Year, the host of household must bring the ceremony to shaman’s house to ask him the host’s age suitable for which days of the month. The shaman will select good date for the owner, after the ritual is complete, to draw the painting.
According to the concept of the Dao people in Nam Lanh Commune, when the picture was old, or making a new home, the host of household must redraw the painting to protect family life in peace and prosperity, the children are not sick.