In Vietnam, males parade however girls rule at a pageant referred to as ‘Kate’ .
FILE PHOTO: Vietnam’s ethnic Cham girls carry out a conventional dance in the course of the ‘Kate’ pageant in rural commune Phuoc Hau in Phan Rang, Vietnam September 28, 2019. Image taken September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Yen Duon
PHAN RANG, Vietnam (Reuters) – 1000’s of Vietnam’s ethnic Cham individuals met underneath wet late September skies for his or her annual “Kate” pageant that, based on the multi-faith group’s calendar, marks the top of 1 harvest season and the start of one other.
The Cham are descendents of a strong historic kingdom that after spanned giant elements of central and southern Vietnam a millennium in the past.
They’re a historically matriarchal society, which worships a feminine goddess and expects the youngest daughter to inherit household property.
A wealthy historical past of buying and selling and motion throughout Asia have made the Cham a uniquely multi-faith group, divided into predominantly Hindu and Muslim branches, all of whom come collectively to have fun “Kate”.
The week-long pageant, which started final Friday, marks the Cham calendar’s de facto new yr, on the onset of a brand new harvest.
On the Po Klong Garai temple within the southern city of Phan Rang – a Vietnamese rendering of Panduranga, the Cham Kingdom’s historic capital – dozens of males in shiny purple and white conventional costume paraded with a sacred garment.
The holy gown, which is saved within the close by commune of Phuoc Ha, is dropped at the crumbling, clay-brick 13th Century temple, inside which lies a statue of the Hindu god, Shiva.
Behind a small door, the deity is dressed within the sacred Cham clothes by non secular leaders, who carry out conventional rites and blessings. Others make choices of fruit, boiled hen and white rice on bamboo mats laid on the foot of the traditional temple.
Writing by James Pearson; Modifying by Alex Richardson