Viet Drum Law of Changes & Dong Ho Painting - Hồn Trống Việt

Viet Drum Law of Changes & Dong Ho Painting

There are similarities of the shape & consistency of the meaning of Tai chi, Yin Yang & Five Elements between the VDC’s diagrams & the painting “The pig herd” of the Dong Ho folk painting line.

Thai Cuc Viet (Viet Tai Chi)

Fig. 1: Viet Tai Chi on the Dong Ho folk painting “The pig herd”

With the guidance of “Ngoc Lu” drum, we have found the precise formula that when followed, only one shape similar to TCV can be drawn. Strangely, it also appears on the Dong Ho folk painting “The pig herd”. The painting has appeared for a long time in Vietnam, but it is unknown when and not many people discuss, write or talk about its meaning & the relationship with I Ching & the theory Am Duong Ngu Hanh.

Ðông Hồ painting (Vietnamese: Tranh Đông Hồ or Tranh làng Hồ), full name Đông Hồ folk woodcut painting (Tranh khắc gỗ dân gian Đông Hồ) is a line of Vietnamese folk painting originating in Đông Hồ village (Song Hồ commune, Thuận Thành District, Bắc Ninh Province).

With the consent of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the Provincial People’s Committee of Bắc Ninh and the specialized agencies conducting research, have set records for Đông Hồ folk paintings to be submitted to UNESCO for the recognition of intangible cultural heritage.

Source: Wikipedia.

Am Duong Ngu Hanh (Yin Yang Five Elements)

In addition, there are similarities & consistency of the fundamental meaning of Tai chi, Yin Yang & Five Elements between the VDC’s diagrams & the painting.

Fig. 2: “The Pig Herd” painting & Viet Drum Law of Changes


  • Mother – Tai chi is One but plotted as 2, to indicate the movement of Tai Chi and the Yin Yang present in the Tai Chi, similar to the expression on the Drum’s ring No. 1.
  • In Mother Tai Chi, there are Yin and Yang (2 colors) & Five Elements (2 opposite spiral forming an S-shape). Yin Yang & Five Elements always go together.
  • The Five Elements (5 piglets) are children. They look like the Mother, except that the spirals in them don’t form a complete S but just a half and their directions are opposite similar to the 2 small opposite S’s on VDC’s BQHT.

Of the special interest is that, Yin Yang & Five Elements are present & unified in the Mother – Tai Chi which is opposite to what most scholars have agreed i.e. Yin Yang and Five Elements were two separate theories that were unified about 2000 years ago, as in the excerpt below.

“Through the documents “Ta Truyen” (Zuo Zhuan, 左傳, Narrative Story), “Quoc Ngu” (National Language), in the Spring and Autumn era, the Five Elements refer to five indispensable types of material in daily life. The first Five Elements ideas circulated in the two places of countries Yan (燕國) and Qi (齊國) on the east coast of China, the earliest era arising not a century before Zhou Yan, in the fifth century BC. The age of Zhou Yan’s birth was about 350 to 270 BC. If he wasn’t the only one who invented the theory of the Five Elements, he was at least the one who systematized and fixed the related ideas…

The theory of Yin Yang and the theory of the Five Elements developed by the Qin Han Dynasty have made quite clear distinctions: The theory of Yin Yang is more about the principle of the birth of the universe. The theory of the Five Elements is more about classifying the phenomena of things in the universe and the system of relations between attributes. These two merged and became the system for explaining the phenomenon of cosmic birth, eventually completing their unification in the Han dynasty” 1Giáo sư Lê Văn Quán. Chu Dịch Vũ trụ quan. Nhà xuất bản Giáo dục Hà Nội, 1995.

With the painting, we don’t know when its creation was, but we know that Ngoc Lu Bronze Drum & the unified theory of ADNH were completed at least 2500 years ago, few hundreds of years before the unification period above-mentioned by the scholars.

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