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Giarai-Bahnar Folk Wood Sculpture
by Tran Phong

Photographic book of wonderful examples of Vietnamese folk art

Tran Phong is a photographer-artist who has spent 20 years recording a large number of aspects of activity, life, culture and architectural and cultural legacy which have disappeard due to the climatic decades

The Bahnar people and Giarai people live primarily in the central highlands and coastal provinces of Viet Nam. This book focuses on tomb houses created by these people, and the traditional sculptural people that are placed around them.

Tomb houses and tomb statues are made as an essential aspect of celebrations to enable the dead to go away peacefully and to live abundantly in the world beyond. The folk art statues represent stages of life, reproduction, pregnancy and birth

In the ideas of the Giarai and Bahnar ethnic groups from the West-Highlands, to die means to start a new life in another world, the world beyond. This book examines the tomb houses and the wood sculptures surrounding them, and their meanings.

Published in 1995 by Department of Culture Information and Sports of Giarai Province, Vietnam

Bilingual in both English and Vietnamese language throughout the book. Wonderful black and white photos on every page

90 pages
23 x 19.5 cm
Soft bound

Good condition

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