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“Hồn Trống Việt” (Soul of the Vietnam’s Drum) would like to bring knowledge about the Viet Drum’s Law of Changes (VDC), encoded on the “Ngoc Lu” Drum.

Video: Viet Drum Law of Changes

Ngoc Lu Bronze Drum

Fig. 1: VDC’s Diagrams & Laws on the “Ngoc Lu” Bronze Drum

The Ngoc Lu bronze drum was discovered in 1893 in Ngoc Lu village, Ly Nhan, Ha Nam province of Vietnam. The drum is the most outstanding, beautiful & quintessential representative of Dong Son culture that existed between 900 BC and 200 AD. As the one of the oldest drums, many researchers agree that the age of drums is about 2500 years.

Thus, in terms of chronology, the Drum & VDC encoded on it have existed in parallel with “I Ching”, one of the 5 Chinese classics since at least more than 2000 years ago but almost no one knows 1Source: Wikipedia.

Recognized as the National Treasure of Vietnam, the Drum is currently displayed at the National Museum of History in Hanoi2Source: Vietnam National Museum ofHistory.

Viet Drum Law of the Changes is a system, consisting of Diagrams, symbols, numbers, models, rules, laws, methods, their relationships and meanings. It is the content of the theory of “Am Duong Ngu Hanh (ADNH)” or “Yin Yang Five Elements”, one of the most inclusive & ancient philosophies of mankind.

The “I Ching” & Viet Drum Law of Changes

Fig. 2: I Ching’s Tai Chi

The “I Ching” with its famous symbol Tai Chi is well-known not only in China, Vietnam, Far-easten countries but also around the world.

The I Ching consists of 3 main parts – The Sutra including hexagrams’ statements & lines’ comments, Ten Wings & Diagrams.

Looking at the History of I Ching, we’ll notice a turning point occurred around 400-500 BCE, when the Ten wings were compiled. Before the Ten Wings’s inclusion, “I Ching” was called “Zhou Yi” with the Sutra & some diagrams such as Ha Do, 8 Trigrams & Phuc Hy’s 64 hexagrams that had existed long before the Ten Wings, hundreds or thousands of years.

Vietnam and China have many things in common due to the geographical proximity, the sharing of history, culture, traditions etc. However, like all other countries and peoples in the world, there are differences too. I Ching & Viet Drum Law are not the exception. That’s why when we introduce the Viet Drum Law, the reference to “I Ching” is inevitable.

Fig. 3: Images on the “Ngoc Lu” Bronze Drum

Our purpose is to present the VDC’s unknown diagrams & make Viet Drum Law of Change to be more known & understood to the world, and hopefully, there will be more in-depth research & studies, because we believe that VDC carries important messages to humankind.

To the Vietnamese people, studying the Drum & VDC is even more meaningful as it is a product that expresses our ancestors’ worldview about nature, society, life & human and has been institutionalized, turn into customs, traditions, language, speech, way of thinking, and way of life, past and present.

The Whole, Primary & Secondary

Figure 4: VDC is One unified whole.

The VDC, the Ngoc Lu Bronze Drum and Theory of the Am Duong Ngu Hanh or ADNH (Yin Yang Five Elements) are One or a unified whole, in which there are all the parts that are in a close and organic relationship with each other.

Similarly, each diagram is a whole consisting of trigrams, their yin yang, numbers, energy level etc. As a whole, the laws & diagrams we found on Drum such as BQLD, BQHT, BQLH are all new, no author has presented them before. To be more precise, they are the oldest & the most original that we rediscover.

The first & greatest credit belongs to the Drum’s creators, who are also the saints, artists, philosophers, mathematicians & scientists. Thanks to them we have rediscovered the VDC.

VDC is a Wordless Sutra, so our comments are secondary compared to the primary section that is the Drum & its diagrams, symbols, images, models & numbers. Agree or not, we can all look at the Drum, an Original artifact that is 2500 years old. Looking at the same Drum but having different opinions is very common. However, hopefully, the Drum will be a solid foundation for us to analyze, deduce, discuss, share & exchange ideas.

Even though wordless, knowledge & wisdom of the Viet Drum Law of Changes encoded on the drum are wide, infinite & profound that the more we understand, the more we’ll realize how little we know.

However, with efforts of many people, coupled with the guidance & help from VDC, “Ngoc Lu” and other “Dong Son” drums, we will find and decode its other mysteries & its foundation, the “Am Duong Ngu Hanh” Theory (Yin Yang Five Elements).

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