We call our homeland, Đất Nước, have two national Totems: Fairy-Dragon or Tiên Rồng, and often say “We are the children of Dragon and grandchildren of Fairy”. That pride is inculcated & spread through the legend about the creation of the country, the Tale of Fairy – Dragon1Vietnamese dragons (Vietnamese: Rồng; chữ Nôm: 蠪; Sino-Vietnamese: Long; chữ Hán: 龍) are symbolic creatures in Vietnamese folklore and mythology. According to an ancient origin myth, the Vietnamese people are descended from a dragon and a fairy. Source: Vietnamese dragon. Wikipedia.
The Creation Myth
Lac Long Quan married Au Co. Stayed together for a while Au Co was pregnant and gave birth to an egg sac that hatched a hundred eggs. Each egg hatched a beautiful, healthy & intelligent child2Not only Vietnamese, but also many other traditions talk about creation or human formation from the egg. Source Lược Sử Tộc Việt.
Living warmly together, but still remembering the Aquarium, one day Lac Long Quan said to Au Co: you are a fairy, growing up in high mountains, I am a Dragon, used to live in the sea, it is difficult to live together permanently. Please take 50 children to the mountain, I take 50 to the sea. Despite the distance and separation, we’ll listen, look after each other & whenever should one be in need, we’ll meet in the Center Field.
Am, Duong & the Center
The story of Fairy-Dragon is not only mysterious, poetic, lyrical but also contains the Bipolar Unity principle. The pairs: Au Co – Lac Long Quan, Fairy-Dragon, Earth (Mountain) – Water, Logic – Love, represent 2 polars Yang Yin or Am Duong (AD) & imply that:
- Am Duong exchange & combination gives birth to everything (100 children).
- Am & Duong are opposite & contradictory.
- Despite their antagonism, and even though they are divided, Am & Duong never leave each other & promise to meet in the center Field or Tao, where all differences & conflicts will be resolved.
In addition to identifying ourselves Dragon & the Fairy, we also call our country & homeland, Đất Nước (Đất means the land, earth & Nước, water) or simply Nước. For example, we say Đất Nước tôi (My homeland), Nước Việt Nam (Vietnam), and also use the word Nước (water) to refer to other countries in the world: Nước England, Nước India, Nước Japan etc.
Having 2 totems of Dragon & Fairy (Rồng – Tiên) & calling the homeland, Land-Water (Đất Nước) are both unusual & very rare, they become the characteristics of Vietnam.
The Center where Am & Duong meet.
Curiously, those unique features are clearly inscribed on the Drum, through the numbers and trigrams, on the ring No. 8.
Connecting 10 deer on each side will form a huge central axis covering whole ring no. 6 where the people’s activities are described. In addition, there are 5 pairs of male female or Am Duong in each 10 deer group. This is a representation of the Center field or Tao where Am & Duong meet & exchange, balance, reconcile & unite.
The numbers 16 and 18 denote the Biểu thị năng lượng của quái bằng số thập phân, thông qua số nhị phân. Represents the energy of the trigram in decimal, through the binary number.... More of 2 hexagrams: Earth Water (Khon Kham) & Double water (double Kham). They share the same denominator – Water (Kham) trigram. Like in math, dividing both by Kham, there will be 2 trigrams left on either side of the central axis: Kham & Khon or Earth & Water.
“Divide and Cut” is not the key language of the Drum. With Drum, inclusion, unity & harmony are more important, and the center or central axis is where the unity & harmony happens. So central axis role is equivalent to Tao or Tai Chi.
Homeland of Fairy-Dragon
Through the Yin and Yang post, we’ve learned that the Dragon, Round, hidden, formless & Spirit represent Am (Yin). And Earth, Square, visible, formed & physical indicate Duong (Yang). Now, we have just learned other pairs of AD (Fig. 4). Combining the AD pairs with the Drum’s inclusive language, we’ll understand the Drum’s message on the 8th ring: Đất Nước Tiên Rồng – Homeland of Fairy-Dragon is the creators & authors of the Drum’s laws of changes.