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In Vietnam, the conical hat is called : “nón lá” (leaf hat). It is a traditional symbol of Vietnamese people. Everyone can wear one, it’s a garment without age, sex or racial distinctions.

Like many other things in Vietnam, the “nón lá” has its origins in a legend. “Once upon a time, the legend says, when a deluge of rain was falling there descended from the sky a giant woman wearing on her head four huge round leaves as large as the sky itself and stitched together by bamboo sticks. The leaves protected humankind, then still naked, from the rain.

The giant messenger from the sky twirled round the leaves on her head to dispel clouds and rains. Those who followed her were taught by her how to grow crops.

One day mankind dozed off as they listened to stories narrated by her. When they woke up the goddess was gone. The Vietnamese built a temple in her memory and honoured her as the Rain-shielding Goddess.

Following her example, people went into the forests to fetch broad and round leaves (palm) which they stitched together on a bamboo frame.”

Tags: Vietnam Landscape and travel Nha trang Conical hats HON RO FISHING PORT KHANH HOA PROVINCE

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8 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2013 6:45PM
Great point of view, superb composition, and a brilliant image J_N

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10 10 10 England
18 Dec 2013 7:02PM
Loved the interesting write up and of course the excellent image.
18 Dec 2013 7:48PM
As ever, Jean-Noel, a really interesting narrative to accompany a well composed and detailed image.

DorisD 5 England
18 Dec 2013 7:55PM
Fine travel image
Mike_Young Plus
12 21 9 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2013 7:59PM
Fine image with an interesting story
rontear Plus
16 8 8 England
18 Dec 2013 10:05PM
Fantastic year of your travels and images Jean. All the best for Christmas/New Year. Where next in 2014.
18 Dec 2013 11:34PM
I enjoy your beautiful photos and the descriptions are very interesting.
viscostatic 13 43 5 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2013 7:49AM
A really beautiful image Jean-Noel with great light and textures. A wonderful legend too.

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15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
19 Dec 2013 10:07AM
if you cropped across the top, you could be in Giza SmileSmile
ukgubbi 7 5 India
19 Dec 2013 3:52PM
The beautiful narrative helped me to connect myself to this fantastic image. Lovely capture.

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