Vietnam should apply for UNESCO recognition for ancient instruments

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UNESCO's representative in Vietnam Katherine Mauller (L) and former Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh (2nd,L) play the Tuy An dan da (lithophone)


UNESCO's representative in Vietnam, Katherine Mauller Marin, has suggested that the central province of Phu Yen seek world heritage recognition for dan da and ken da (Vietnamese lithophone and stone horn).


Archeologists estimated that the lithophone has existed for more than 3,200 years and the stone horn for over 2,500 years.


The first Vietnamese lithophone, known as dan da, was first found in 1990 in An Nghiep Commune in Tuy An Town and the first ken da (stone horn) was discovered four years later in An Tho commune in the same town, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported December 22.



The Vietnamese lithophone, which allows for stones to "sing" tunes that mesmerize audiences, is a set of stone slabs of different sizes and shapes simply fashioned together. Each set is comprised of eight stone bars.


The lithophone found in Tuy An Town has been evaluated by experts from the central government as the most complete lithophone that has been found in Vietnam to date.


Stones used to make the instrument can be found in mountainous areas in south central Vietnam and southeastern Vietnam.


The Vietnamese ken da (stone horn) found in Tuy An Town

The Vietnamese stone horn is a stone shaped to resemble a human skull with two holes. When one hole is covered, the horn can produce strange sounds when air is blown into the other hole. So far, three stone horns have been found in Tuy An.


According to the National Council for Science and Technology Policy, the Vietnamese stone horn is considered a unique instrument of the ancient world.

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